Reports: Brandon Roy to seek medical retirementPORTLAND, Ore. — The Trail Blazers will not discuss reports that All-Star guard Brandon Roy plans to seek medical retirement because of his knees.
By: ANNE M. PETERSON , The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Trail Blazers will not discuss reports that All-Star guard Brandon Roy plans to seek medical retirement because of his knees.
Roy's agent also did not respond to a request for comment on any retirement plans, first reported by ESPN.com early Friday.
Roy, a five-year veteran who helped the team shed its “Jail Blazers” reputation, has been dogged by knee injuries and surgeries. He has said he lacks cartilage between the bones in both knees.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Roy had not yet filed the paperwork declaring his intention for a medical retirement.
The reports contradict statements made on Monday during a news conference with Blazers President Larry Miller, coach Nate McMillan and acting general manager Chad Buchanan. Roy had met with team officials earlier in the day and said he felt good and was ready to help the team in any way he could.
The Blazers, who did not respond to repeated requests for comment on the reports, opened training camp for the lockout-shortened season on Friday. It was not known if Roy would be available to the media.
On Monday, all indications were that Roy was a part of the team's future.
“Our plan is that Brandon (Roy) will be a part of this team going forward,” Miller said. McMillan added that he knew of no restrictions on Roy, and in fact the team would look at starting him.
There were earlier rumors the Blazers might try to use the league's new amnesty clause on Roy, who signed a five-year maximum contract with the team in 2009. The clause would allow the team to waive Roy without having his salary count against the salary cap and luxury tax.
If Roy, 27, indeed seeks medical retirement, insurance would likely take care of his salary in coming years. His salary would not count against the cap after one year.
There was immediate reaction from players around the league via Twitter.
Former Blazer Martell Webster, now with the Minnesota Timberwolves, wrote: “B Roy the league just lost a legend. I Was looking forward to watching for another 10 years. You will be missed, I'm calling a comeback 2014.”
After arthroscopic surgery last January, Roy came back to play. But his minutes were limited off the bench, and he finished with an average of 12.2 points, a career low, in 47 games.
Roy has averaged 19 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds for his career.
The sixth overall pick in the 2006 draft out of Washington, Roy was acquired by the Blazers in a draft-day trade. He was picked as the league's Rookie of the Year his first season and earned spots on the All-Star team the next three seasons.
Nicknamed “The Natural” by the team's broadcasters, Roy has been the affable face of the franchise and has endeared himself to Portland fans.