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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers expect guard Brandon Roy to be ready for training camp on Friday.

Roy, who has had trouble with both of his knees, met with team executives on Monday to discuss his future. He told them he felt great and wanted to help the team in any way he could.

There have been reports that the Blazers planned to use an amnesty clause in the league's new labor agreement to waive Roy, a three-time All-Star.

"Our plan is that Brandon (Roy) will be a part of this team going forward," Blazers President Larry Miller said.

Roy has a maximum-salary contract that keeps him with the Trail Blazers until at least the 2013-14 season, but his knees have been a concern.

He has said he lacks cartilage in both knees, meaning there is no cushion between the bones. After arthroscopic surgery last January, Roy came back to play, his minutes were limited off the bench, and he finished with an average of 12.2 points, a career low, in 47 games.

Coach Nate McMillan went so far as to say the he would look at starting Roy.

"Brandon is feeling better, so Brandon back at the two position is something that I'm leaning toward and making our adjustments from that," he said.
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7321403/portland-trail-blazers-talk-brandon-roy-say-expect-camp

Interesting. I've heard that the only way they'd use the amnesty clause against him now is if he gets injured in the two preseason games.
 
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