Another free agent target of the Chicago Bulls is off the market. Shooting guard Brandon Roy is ending his one-year retirement to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves on a two-year, $10.5 million deal. The second season of the deal is not guaranteed, meaning Roy will have to play to get his money. Considering the degenerative condition of his knees, that's far from assured. Still, the Timberwolves have a big need for swingmen, and taking a chance on Roy seems like a worthwhile measured risk. If Minnesota has its way, they'll be adding another upgrade on the wing, too.
The Timberwolves have agreed to a four-year, $45 million offer sheet with Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nic Batum. The 23-year old Frenchman averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in Portland last season while posting a PER of 17.32.
Here are some other news and notes around the NBA:
- Nick Young is headed to the Philadelphia 76ers on a one-year, $6 million deal. Which led to another move...
- To make way for Young, the 76ers exercised the amnesty clause on power forward Elton Brand.
- In a puzzling bit of news, the Houston Rockets are rumored to want Courtney Lee on a deal worth $32 million. Puzzling only because Houston recently pulled their tender offer to the shooting guard, moving him from a restricted free agent to an unrestricted free agent. MOREYYYYYY.
Goran Dragic is headed to the Phoenix Suns for $34 million.
- Kyle Lowry is going from Houston to Toronto.
- Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups will both spend next season playing for the Clippers.