Jason Quick of The Oregonian traveled to Minneapolis in advance of Minnesota Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy's expected return to Portland's Rose Garden on Friday. Instead, the former Trail Blazers guard has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery that will sideline him for a month. He's played just five games so far this season. The early returns were not good.

Here are a few excerpts from Quick's piece, which prods at Roy's thinking last season, when he entered an unofficial retirement after the Blazers released him using the amnesty clause.

And with the calm that made him one of the game's best finishers, he explains that his knees have reached Level III arthritis. There are only four stages. "Level IV," Roy says fearlessly, "is when you get a knee replacement."

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"I don't want to speak for Portland, but medically retiring and them using the amnesty, I think it worked for both sides," Roy said. "During that whole process, my whole thing was I wanted to make it OK for Portland. I didn't want it to be one-sided ... I felt like Paul (Allen) had done so much for me, and I know how much people in that organization care about the Blazers, so I never wanted to handicap them. So it was the best way we could make this split, while at the same time I could be comfortable and keep my earnings and the Blazers could be freed. I don't know how we could have had a better ending."