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Updated: June 30th, 2012 9:37am
Sources: Timberwolves met with free-agent guard Brandon Roy on Friday

Sources: Timberwolves met with free-agent guard Brandon Roy on Friday

by Darren Wolfson
1500ESPN.com
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Brandon Roy in a Minnesota Timberwolves uniform may be one step closer to reality.

The free-agent guard met with the team on Friday and the Wolves are putting on a full-court press to sign him, according to sources with knowledge of the meeting.

Sources told 1500ESPN.com earlier this week the Wolves were prepared to make a two-year contract offer. Free agency begins on Sunday, but Roy can sign anytime because he sat out last season.

Roy, 27, lacks cartilage between the bones of both of his knees and would need to pass an extensive physical before signing with any team. It is believed the three-time All-Star has been cleared medically to return, though, and simply would have to play through pain.

In the last of his five seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, who waived him in December, Roy played in 47 games (23 starts) and averaged only 12.2 points and 2.7 assists -- well off his career averages of 19.0 points and 4.7 assists.

While still a clear injury concern, Roy is training hard in his hometown of Seattle to make a comeback.

Roy will sign somewhere in the foreseeable future, and there's a strong belief that he'll favor a championship contender, not a cusp-playoff team. Roy went as far as to use friend Will Conroy's Twitter account on June 15 to announce his desire to return.

Wolves assistant coach Bill Bayno, who got to know Roy well when he worked on the Portland bench in two separate stints in the last few years, has been the driving force in Minnesota's interest.

He's done enough to convince head coach Rick Adelman that the risk is worth it. The last hurdle, sources say, was to convince president of basketball operations David Kahn. That apparently recently happened.

Yahoo! Sports reported on Tuesday that Dallas, Indiana and Chicago also are in the running.

Darren "Doogie" Wolfson is the jack-of-all-trades sports guy for 5 Eyewitness News and a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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