Should Brandon Roy retire?
PORTLAND - Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby and forward Gerald Wallace said they were told by the team Friday that All-Star guard Brandon Roy won't be returning this season.
Camby and Wallace spoke as the team opened training camp amid reports that Roy planned to seek medical retirement because of his knees. Team officials declined to comment Friday.
Team officials told KGW Friday morning they knew nothing about a Roy retirement and declined further comment.
ESPN reported early Friday that Blazer guard Brandon Roy planned to announce his retirement.
Later Friday, the Oregonian, citing two unnamed sources, reported that Roy had already decided to retire, due to chronic knee problems.
The paper said Roy made the decision Thursday after meeting with doctors. An emotional Roy has not decided when to make a formal announcement, the paper reported.
The Blazers had said earlier in the week that they expected Roy to report and be an active player for the upcoming season.
On Twitter at about 7:30 a.m. Friday, former teammate and friend Martell Webster tweeted, "B Roy the league just lost a legend. I was looking forward to watching for another 10 years. You will be missed, I'm calling a comeback 2014."
Roy, who has had trouble with both of his knees, met with team executives on Monday to discuss his future. He told them he felt great and wanted to help the team in any way he could.
There have 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 (Roy) will be a part of this team going forward," Blazers President Larry Miller said.
Sources told ESPN that Roy thinks his knee problems can only lead to less playing time. His close community ties makes him want to end his career as a Blazer and not another team he gets sent to via the amnesty clause.
Roy has a maximum-salary contract that keeps him with the Trail Blazers until at least the 2013-14 season, but his knees have been a concern.
He 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, but his minutes were limited off the bench, and he finished with an average of 12.2 points, a career low, in 47 games.
Coach Nate McMillan went so far as to say he would look at starting Roy.
"Brandon is feeling better, so Brandon back at the two position is something that I'm leaning toward and making our adjustments from that," he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.