PORTLAND -- Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is returning to practice, but he will not play this weekend, the team said Wednesday.
The three-time All-Star had arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees just three weeks ago.
He was averaging 16.6 points in 23 games before he was sidelined indefinitely by the team.
Roy says now he is nearly pain free, but still needs to practice at full speed.
His announcement has sparked debate over whether it's too soon to return.
It also has implications for forward LaMarcus Aldridge, whose play has vastly improved since Portland began running its offense through him.