Roy has played in only five games this season, averaging 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. He hasn't played since Nov. 9. The two-year deal, $10 million contract he signed with the Wolves pays him $5 million this season, but is not guaranteed next season. According to the collective bargaining agreement, the Wolves could get the $5 million in cap room back this season by early January if he does retire. The option on his contract, which would allow another team to wipe that money off the books next year, also could be have some interest in the trade market.
"I thought we had a very healthy and open exchange about, we know that we need to protect ourselves in every way," Kahn said. "He does as well. He understands that we have to do what's best for the team. He acknowledges that, and he actually was encouraging of that."
It's a tough break for the Wolves as well, who were hoping Roy could give them 25-30 minutes a game this season as the veteran perimeter player who could break down a defense and get his own shot late in games that they were sorely lacking. Rookie Alexey Shved is off to a promising start in that regard, but is still gaining experience and has been inconsistent. The Wolves lost Josh Howard and Malcolm Lee to injuries as well and were missing Ricky Rubio because of back spasms against the Suns, leaving them with three healthy guards.
"The league doesn't wait for you," coach Rick Adelman said. "They don't stop the games and give you reprieve. You've just got to keep playing."
Adelman said he does feel for Roy, a 28-year-old who is facing quite possibly the end of his playing career if things don't take a dramatic, and at this point unexpected, turn for the better.
"He worked really hard to try and comeback and he had that setback," Adelman said. "Now he's struggling again. It's really up to him as to how much he can do and if he can come back."
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