Timberwolves waive Brandon Roy, career likely over

Timberwolves waive Brandon Roy, career likely over
Minnesota Timberwolves' Brandon Roy holds up a jersey after a news conference Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Minneapolis. Roy says he considered having last season off as more of a "pause" while he worked through chronic knee problems that ended his tenure with the Portland Trail Blazers. Roy signed a two-year, $10.4 million contract to resume his career with the Wolves. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Kyndell Harkness)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived guard Brandon Roy, likely bringing an end to an All-Star career that was shortened by knee problems.

The Timberwolves announced the move Friday. Roy retired before last season due to knee issues, then attempted a comeback with the Timberwolves this season after going through a procedure that gave him hope that the chronic pain in his knees would be reduced.

But after a promising training camp, Roy's knee issues returned early in the regular season. He played just five games.

The second season of the two-year contract Roy signed with the Wolves was not guaranteed, making his release inevitable.

The 28-year-old Roy was a three-time All-Star with the Portland Trail Blazers.