Brandon Roy Set to Retire as Portland Trail Blazers Guard


Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is planning to announce his retirement because of his degenerative knee problems, report from ESPN. Target announcement of Brandon Roy retirement perhaps is as soon as Friday.

According to Blazers, they are already expecting Brandon Roy to be ready for training camp as NBA teams hold their first official practices Friday after the 5-month NBA Lockout.

In addition to sources, Roy has privately conceded his ongoing knee trouble would have inevitably led to a reduced role, and given his close connection with the Portland community, the former All-Star does not want to end up being released through the forthcoming amnesty clause and thus eligible to be picked up by another team.

On the other hand, trail Blazers center Marcus Camby and forwardGerald Wallace said they were told by the team Friday that Roy won’t be returning this season. Brandon’s retirement might eventually give the Blazers salary-cap relief.  League rules call for a waiting period of one year from the date of the player’s injury or illness, after which the Blazers could get Roy’s contract off their books.

The Portland Trail Blazers have not immediately answered to a request for comment on Friday morning. Training camp is scheduled to begin at noon with a media access period at 2:30 p.m. Free agency will begin at 11 a.m.

Brandon Roy, 27, is a 3-time NBA All-Star and was the 2007 Rookie of the Year. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees during the 2010-2011 regular season.




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