Ricky Rubio is out. Now Kevin Love is out. The Timberwolves' next challenge could be keeping Brandon Roy's tender knees healthy.

"In a strange way, I know that some people seem to think that at any moment he'll destruct," Wolves president David Kahn said. "That won't be the case."

Kahn was talking Tuesday, Oct. 16, a day before Love broke a couple of bones in his right hand. The all-star forward is expected to miss at least the next six weeks of play.

Rubio's return after knee surgery in March isn't expected until December at the earliest, and then it's unclear how many minutes the flashy point guard will be able to play.

Roy is with the Timberwolves after chronic knee problems caused him to leave the NBA, but he's back after receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy, and says he's well.

Said Kahn of Roy, "He'll either continue to remain pain free, as he is, or he'll report to us at some point that he's experiencing pain."

In four exhibition games this season, Roy is averaging 12.8 points, second on the team to Love's 14.0. More significantly, Roy is averaging 21.0 minutes.