Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/19/12
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MINNEAPOLIS Timberwolves shooting guard Brandon Roy will have right knee arthroscopy this week. The minimally invasive surgery tends to keep athletes out for at least a week, and though Roy has undergone the procedure multiple times, there's still a chance he could receive a similar prognosis. The Timberwolves signed Roy to a two-year, 10.4 million deal this summer; only the first year and 5.2 million are guaranteed. He had previously retired due to chronic knee problems. Roy's knee issues flared up during the preseason when he bumped his knee in the team's final game on Oct. 26. He began the regular season, though, and played four games before leaving the Timberwolves' Nov. 9 game against the Pacers at halftime with a sore right knee. He has not played since. In his four and a half games this season, Roy is averaging 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists. He started all five games in which he appeared and played between 15 and 30 minutes in each. On Sunday, Roy was present at Timberwolves practice and spent a good deal of time on the trainer's table. Although Rick Adelman lumped him into the group of players who didn't do much, he was taking shots as the workout wrapped up. The purpose of arthroscopy is to examine and treat damage through a tiny incision, which thereby minimizes recovery time. After the procedure, it usually takes a few weeks for swelling to go down, and which point athletes can begin easing into activity again. By undergoing the procedure, it would seem that Roy has not given up hope for his comeback, though the repeated setbacks make the chances of him succeeding seem increasingly slim. This surgery will mark the seventh of Roy's career, dating back to his high school days. There's been no indication whether it marks the end of his season, and it'll likely take some time after the procedure to see how his knee responds. Follow Joan Niesen on Twitter.
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