Wolves Sign 3-Time NBA All-Star Brandon Roy
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed free-agent guard Brandon Roy. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"Brandon's talent, experience and leadership will be helpful to our young team," said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "He has proven to be one of the best shot-makers and clutch performers in the NBA over his career. We're confident in his ability to return to play at a high level and we look forward to him continuing his career in a Timberwolves uniform."
Roy, 28, joins the Wolves after playing five seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers from 2006-07 to 2010-11. In 321 career games, 295 starts, the 6-6 guard holds averages of 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 35.6 minutes per game.
His best season came in 2008-09 when he finished with averages of 22.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game en route to earning All-NBA Second Team honors. A three-time NBA All-Star, Roy has totaled 18 career 30-point and four 40-point games, including a career-best 52 points (14-27 FG, 5-7 3-PT, 19-21 FT) Dec. 18, 2008 vs. Phoenix in which he broke the Rose Garden single-game scoring record.
Originally acquired by Portland in a trade with Minnesota on the night of the 2006 NBA Draft, Roy went on to earn 2007 NBA Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. The Seattle, Wash., native helped lead the Trail Blazers to the playoffs in three of his five seasons in Portland. In the 2009 postseason, Roy averaged 26.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks in six contests.
A career .352 shooter from beyond the arc, Roy has made 322 three-pointers over his five seasons in the NBA, including a career-best 83 treys in 2008-09 when he shot a career-high .377 from outside the arc.
Noted as one of the NBA's most clutch performers during his NBA tenure, Roy has connected on .421 (16-of-38) of his field goal attempts in a game-tying or game-winning situation (in the 4th quarter or overtime) over his career, the highest shooting percentage of any NBA player in that scenario over the last six years.
A two-time All-NBA performer, Roy most recently scored 18 fourth-quarter points, including the game-winning shot with 39.0 seconds remaining, to lead the Trail Blazers to an 84-82 win over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of the 2011 Western Conference quarterfinals.
For more news and notes on the team follow the Minnesota Timberwolves and Mark Remme on Twitter.