Brandon Roy’s comeback in Minnesota has seen more setbacks than successes. He has played in just five games for the Timberwolves and hasn’t stepped on the court since Nov. 9.
Roy hasn’t given up on a comeback, but Minnesota has started to take the logical step of buying him out, reports Darren Wolfson at ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis.
As for whether the Wolves could move guard Brandon Roy’s contract (in a trade), (Timberwolves owner Glen) Taylor didn’t rule it out. He also confirmed that Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn has engaged Roy’s agent, Greg Lawrence, in buyout talks.
That seems a logical progression, keeping Roy on the roster through the trade deadline in case he can be used to balance a trade (not likely, but possible), then discuss buyout seriously after the deadline.
I’m not sure Roy is in a place where he is ready to give up on his career yet. I can’t blame the former All-Star for not wanting to walk away. But when he is, a buyout makes a lot of sense.
If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.
Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.
Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.