How did Brandon Roy end up in Minnesota? Playing time, salary and roster fit all clearly played a part. But according to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Roy was also impressed by how serious the team's pitch was:
The Wolves were the only team that sent a full contingent to Seattle to visit him -- owner included -- on owner Glen Taylor's private jet.
[Roy's agent Greg] Lawrence called the excursion "a real sign they were serious."
"They not only expressed their interest face-to-face, they presented their vision," he said. "It was compelling, having Rick Adelman tell you what his vision is for the team and where you fit in."
Zgoda also offered a small update on Roy's health. According to Lawrence, Roy has seen improvement in his knees after receiving injection therapy in May, the same kind recently popularized by Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez. The treatment uses the anti-inflammatory proteins in a patient's own blood to reduce joint pain.
There's no repair for a knee that has no cartilage left, but Lawrence said Roy is experiencing less pain and swelling after workouts already, even though the process usually requires three months for full effect.
"Look, it's not a magic potion he rubs on his knees and all of a sudden he feels great," Lawrence said. "But there is small, incremental improvement."
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