Washington Husky alum and former star for the purple and gold, Brandon Roy, agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. This is his first opportunity back into the NBA since he began working on his knee and developing the strength to play professionally over a year ago.
USA Today quotes it as a $10 million, two-year deal. And as of now it is an agreement in principle and he won’t be able to sign until July 11 when the NBA’s moratorium is over.
He joins fellow former Pac-12 stars; Kevin Love, Chase Bundinger, Malcolm Lee, Luke Ridnour, and Derrick Williams. He also joins Martell Webster who was a local star out of Seattle (played for Seattle Prep). Webster joined the NBA directly after high school.
In fact, Williams (a former Arizona star) offered Roy the number seven jersey:
Welcome Brandon Roy . #7 is all yours
— Derrick Williams (@RealDwill7) July 6, 2012
This was a classy move by Williams and a sign of respect that many of the younger players have for Roy. His new team impressed him enough for him to sign there but continues to do so with the level of respect they have for him.
According to NBA.com he chose his new team over Golden State, Indiana, Dallas, and Cleveland. In reality, though this is the second time he has been in principle on the Timberwolves. They drafted him in 2006 but on draft night traded him to Portland where he made his home for five seasons.
Over his career he has made a name for himself as one of the best shooting guards in the league. He has averaged 19 points, 4.7 assists, and 4.3 rebounds a game. Throw in his average of a steal a game and he is completely filling up the stat sheet. He is the main reason that Portland has been relevant since 2006.
Husky fans everywhere would say that Brandon Roy is a perfect example of “once a Dawg, always a Dawg”.