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espn | Sources: Blazers' Brandon Roy to retire

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is expected to announce his retirement due to degenerative knees, perhaps as soon as Friday, sources have told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard. The Blazers had said earlier in the week they were expecting Roy to be ready for training camp Friday. Roy, who has had trouble with his knees, met with team executives Monday to discuss his future. He told them he felt great and wanted to help the team in any way he could. There had been reports that the Blazers planned to use an amnesty clause in the league's new labor agreement to waive Roy, a three-time All-Star. "Our plan is that Brandon will be a part of this team going forward," Blazers president Larry Miller said Monday. Roy has said he lacks cartilage in both knees, meaning there is no cushion between the bones. After arthroscopic surgery last January, Roy came back to play, his minutes were limited off the bench, and he finished with an average of 12.2 points, a career low, in 47 games. Very unfortunate for him and the Blazers. A good guy.
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