Wolves bring Roy aboard, hope to add Batum

“Welcome Brandon Roy,” tweeted Wolves forward Derrick Williams, who wore Roy’s No. 7 in Minnesota last season. “(No.) 7 is all yours.”

But one of the reasons McHale made the decision was concern about Roy’s knees, and a lack of cartilage severely limited him in 2010-11, when he averaged just 12.2 points, 27.9 minutes and shot 40 percent from the field.

Roy also was being courted by Chicago, Indiana, Cleveland, Dallas and Golden State, but ultimately chose Minnesota, where he’ll be relied upon to provide a veteran presence on a very young team while likely playing smaller minutes, at least at first, to maximize his production. The Oregonian first reported Roy’s decision.

Kahn, Taylor, Adelman and Wolves athletic trainer Greg Farnam visited Roy in Seattle last week to make a hard push for him. Roy is also close with Wolves assistant Bill Bayno, who coached him in Portland.

Bayno also is a big part of Batum’s desire to play in Minnesota. The two remain close and Batum rents Bayno’s house in Portland.

Nicolas is really anxious to join and play with a great unselfish point guard, excited to play with a young team that thinks he is the missing piece,” Ndiaye said. “He had a great feel with the coach Rick Adelman and Nicolas thinks this is a system that will fit him.”


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