2012 NBA Free Agency Rumors: Brandon Roy Chooses Minnesota Timberwolves Over Golden State Warriors

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As reported first by the Oregonian's Jason Quick on Twitter, guard Brandon Roy has verbally agreed to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves for approximately two years and $10.4 million.

In confirming the agreement, Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area added that the Warriors could have made a similar offer using the full mid level exception, but GM Bob Myers didn't want to venture into the luxury tax zone. Nevertheless, Alex J. Kennedy of Hoopsworld.com reports that Roy's decision ultimately came down to the Warriors and Wolves.

Sources close to the situation say that Roy narrowed down his list to Minnesota and Golden State before finally deciding to join the Timberwolves. Roy has a great relationship with Timberwolves assistant coach Billy Bayno. The two worked together while Roy was with the Portland Trail Blazers. Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman and general manager David Kahn entered this offseason looking to add a veteran shooting guard to the roster, and Roy fits the mold.

Marcus Thompson II added that, "A two-year deal in the ballpark of $5 or $6 million — with a team option for the second year — might have been in the Warriors wheelhouse." But the Timberwolves were obviously willing to bid more than that and the Warriors lost out.

Steinmetz is right that Roy would've made sense from a basketball standpoint - as he wrote, it would've given the Warriors some versatility at an uncertain guard position. And perhaps some might take this as a disappointment for the Warriors.

But even if you like Roy's game and want him to succeed - and really, it's hard not to root for the guy - the fact is that he wouldn't address the cap-limited Warriors' biggest offseason needs, as articulated by Evanz yesterday: "1) Stopping other teams from scoring; and 2) Rebounding."

Pursuing a guy like J.J. Hickson isn't a splashy move for a former All-Star, but he would help fill a glaring team need in a way that a player like Roy likely wouldn't. The reality is that the Warriors have got to find a big in free agency because they're going to have a difficult time trading for one, particularly if they're trying to use small forward Dorell Wright as a trade chip.

For more on the Warriors' free agent process, check out SB Nation Bay Area's storystream. For more on NBA free agency more generally, visit SB Nation's 2012 NBA free agency storystream.

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