Brandon Roy will notbe signing with the Golden State Warriors. Instead, he will be making hiscomeback for the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to the Oregonian.That report has beenconfirmed by CSNBayarea.com.Roy, 27, retired inDecember 2011, after experiencing chronic knee pain, but he announced he wasmaking a comeback in June.Warriors generalmanager Bob Myers indicated at that time he would reach out to Roy. Beforejoining the Warriors front office in April 2011, Myers was an agent and Roywas his client.Myers met with Royon Sunday, and confirmed the following day that he had a second meeting set up.It is unknown if that second meeting took place. The earliest Roy can sign acontract with the Timberwolves is July 11.Roy's contract is reported to be for 10 million over two years. The Warriors could have offered Roy that same contract -- using their mid-level exception -- and even offered more years and more money. But earlier this week, Myers made it clear that the Warriors were not prepared to use the team's entire mid-level exception because it would put the Warriors in the luxury tax area.The Warriorspursuit of Roy made sense from a basketball standpoint. Roy was a three-timeall-star before injuries cut short his career. If he can approach his formerlevel of play, Roy will no doubt help the team hes playing for.With Stephen Currycoming off a season of ankle injuries and Klay Thompson entering just hissecond season, the versatile Roy would have given the Warriors an experiencedand competent third guard.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been voted to start the NBA All-Star Game for the fourth consecutive season, and this time there was a measure of suspense.
Curry will join Rockets guard James Harden in the backcourt for the Western Conference squad, as voters snubbed MVP candidate and triple-double specialist Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City.
Joining Curry and Harden in the starting lineup for the West will be Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis.
A combination of fan balloting (50 percent), player balloting (25 percent) and media balloting (25 percent) comprises the overall vote.
Curry’s selection is sure to generate considerable debate, as Westbrook leads the league in scoring (30.6 points per game), is second in assists and 11th (10.4) in rebounding (10.6). Westbrook also leads the league in PER at 29.56.
Moreover, he is bidding to become the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double over the course of a full season.
Coming off back-to-back MVP seasons, Curry ranks 12th in scoring (24.6 points per game), 15th in assists (6.1), second in 3-pointers made (158) and eighth in steals (1.81). His 92.6-percent shooting from the line ranks second in the NBA.
He is the first Warrior since Wilt Chamberlain to start four straight All-Star games.
Durant, in his first season with the Warriors, leads the team in scoring (26.2) and blocks (1.71) and double-doubles (16). He’s second in rebounding (8.6) and third in assists (4.7). His 54.4-percent shooting from the field is 10th in the league and tops among perimeter players.
Durant will be making his eighth appearance, and his fifth as a starter.
The Eastern Conference starters are as follows: guards Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers and DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors, with frontcourt players LeBron James of the Cavs, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks and Jimmy Butler of the Bulls.
All-Star reserves, which are chosen by NBA coaches, will be announced on Jan. 26.
With the salary cap rising , Kevin Durant is expected to opt out of the second-year of his two-year contract with Golden State and become a free agent again this summer.
But don't plan on him signing with another team.
“I’m liking it here,” Durant told Sam Amick of USA Today Sports at the Warriors' groundbreaking ceremony. “I’m liking everything that’s going on. I know what my contract says, but I didn’t plan on coming here for just a year. I’m in it right now, and I’m also just focusing on day by day.
“I know it’s cliché, and you hear that all the time, but I’m seriously just not thinking about it because I’m like – I’m just in it for the long haul.”
Warriors owner and CEO Joe Lacob is not concerned about losing Durant.
He also fully anticipates re-signing free-agent-to-be Stephen Curry.
“I have no angst whatsoever," Lacob told Amick. "I totally am positive (that) I think those guys are going to sign. They’re both free agents. They have a right to do whatever they want. They’ve earned it, and I respect that.
"If they don’t sign with us for some reason, then shame on me and us. I take responsibility for that. But I don’t see that happening.”