It has been six years since Brandon Roy last played a game in the NBA as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2012-2013 season.
The former University of Washington product averaged just 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in just five games before suffering an injury that would require knee surgery in hopes of making a return. Unfortunately, it did not happen and he ended up being waived on May 10, 2013, by Minnesota.
“Anytime you walk away from the game, you have what-ifs,” Roy said. “I feel like I was able to answer those questions last year by going out there and giving it a try. For me, it’s a little bit easier to walk away. It’s never going to be easy, but it’s a little smoother knowing I gave it a try and now it’s time to move on.”
In a recent interview with Fanatics View’s Landon Buford and Taylor Jones, Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban revealed that they tried to pursue the three-time All-star during his stint in Minnesota.
“He could play, that’s for damn sure. It’s interesting because he wasn’t a great three-point shooter, so he would’ve had to learn how to become a better three-point shooter. But, he was so strong, he understood the game, knew how to get to spots, and could finish,” said Cuban. “I know after he went to Minnesota for a little bit, and after that, we tried to get him. We said, let’s see if our doctors could do a better job than your doctors, and he just wasn’t ready for it.”
During his six-year career in the NBA, Brandon Roy averaged 18.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. He is currently the head coach at his high school alma mater Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington.