Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said he reached the conclusion in late January that Brandon Roy, struggling to recover from surgery on his right knee, would not play again this season.

Nearly three months later, another conclusion has been reached regarding Roy's future with the team: "You should assume he will not be playing with us next season," Kahn said.

Kahn confirmed what has been expected -- that Roy's once-productive NBA career is most likely over after the seven-year veteran was unable to shake his chronic knee problems.

The Wolves (30-50), who play Utah on Monday night, April 15, at Target Center, signed Roy to a two-year, $10.4 million contract last August, but the second year of the deal, worth $5.329 million, is not guaranteed.

Protection in the contract is some consolation for the Wolves after Roy's failed attempt to become the team's primary shooting guard. The team saved money and also might be able to use some of the non-guaranteed portion of Roy's contract in trade talks during the offseason.

"I'm not saying we will or won't do that, but his contract does have some value," Kahn said.

The non-guaranteed element is one of the reasons why the Wolves did not release Roy when it became apparent he was not going to play again.