Jonny Flynn…to the Knicks?
UPDATE: According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports the Timberwolves have reportedly offered a trade package—that includes Flynn to the Philadelphia 76ers for Andre Iguodala. The Sixers have stated that they want an impact player for Andre, not a salary-dump, as such, Flynn will not be enough for the TWolves to snag Andre Iguodala.
The 6th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft Jonny Flynn is reportedly on the trade block and the Knicks may be looking to acquire the 2nd-year vet.
Flynn’s numbers took a major hit last season after missing a good portion of the season to recover from offseason hip surgery.
With Ricky Rubio now coming to Minnesota and clearly the point guard of the future for the Wolves and Luke Ridnour as the probable backup next season, Flynn is now expendable.
The New York Knicks have had preliminary discussions with Minnesota, but no formal deal is in place as the Knicks debate whether or not Flynn would be a viable backup to Chauncey Billups for at least one season.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News states that New York guard Toney Douglas would likely be the player traded for Flynn. However, Isola points out that Douglas is coming off major shoulder surgery, which may make him hard to deal.
This obviously isn’t the first rumor we’ve heard regarding the Minnesota Timberwolves’ point guard Jonny Flynn, he’s been linked to the Phoenix Suns & Toronto Raptors among others in the past.
Stay tuned for the news, information and updates on your Minnesota Timberwolves all year round. Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
Wolves to Hold Free-Agent Workouts
UPDATE: June 1, 2011 9:30pmCT. Along with Hunter & Douby, the TWolves will also be working out Orien Greene, J.R. Giddens, Cedric Jackson, Matt Janning, Alexander Johnson, Jerel McNeal, James Singleton, John Thomas, Matt Bouldin, DeShawn Sims, Darius Washington Jr., James Mays and Chris Daniels.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are holding free-agent workouts this Thursday & Friday at the Target Center in Minneapolis Minnesota.
Among a crop of 15-some players, the Wolves are bringing in: center Steven Hunter and point guard Quincy Douby.
Douby would likely serve as a deep reserve in the backcourt, since it’s expected that free agent Sebastian Telfair won’t be back with the squad next year. Douby hasn’t played since the ‘08-‘09 season, but in his three-year career he’s averaged 4.1ppg & 0.7apg in 10.7mpg.
Hunter would likely be another deep reserve in the frontcourt behind Darko Milicic & Nikola Pekovic. Hunter hasn’t played since the ‘09-‘10 season with the Grizzlies. However, in his 8-year career he’s been a bit of an NBA journeyman playing for 5 different teams (Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets & Memphis Grizzlies). In his NBA career he’s averaged 4.5ppg, 3.2rpg & 1.1bpg in 15mpg.
We’ll have more for you after the workouts are held, on who stood out and who has a chance at joining the Wolves for the ‘11-‘12 campaign. Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
Wolves to Trade the #2 Pick?
The Minnesota Timberwolves’ trip to the NBA Lottery had them slip down once again. The TWolves had the best mathematical chance at the #1 pick (25%), but fell to #2 as the Cleveland Cavaliers grabbed the top spot thanks to the Los Angeles Clippers’ pick that went up 7 spots from #8 to #1.
As such, the Minnesota Timberwolves have already stated that they may trade the pick, either to trade down in the Draft or to grab a veteran player-maybe both!
The Cleveland Cavaliers have the #1 and #4 picks and it is almost certain that they will be selecting Kyrie Irving with that top pick. The obvious next choice: talent-wise is Derrick Williams out of Arizona. A versatile scoring forward, something they already possess in Beasley. Other options include the Turkish center Enes Kanter & Bismack Biyombo, both have had their names linked to the Timberwolves. With Biyombo however, the TWolves could certainly trade down in the draft and get him in the 7th or 8th pick.
Some of the names that Wolves reporters, fans and NBA analysts have been throwing out as far as possible veteran players for the Wolves include: Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies, Monta Ellis of the Golden State Warriors, Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers, Ben Gordon of the Detroit Pistons…these are obviously just a few of the names that are being thrown around.
I’m sure we’ll have more information as we draw closer to that June 23rd Draft night. For now, you can find all your up-to-date information and news on the Minnesota Timberwolves all offseason long right here. Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
Timberwolves-Bulls March 30th Gameday Preview
The Minnesota Timberwolves will be facing another playoff-bound team (the #1 seed in the East): the Chicago Bulls.
The Timberwolves are coming off a Sunday night loss to the Boston Celtics at the Target Center. The full gameday preview can be found in a previous post on this site. The Timberwolves were able to overcome an early 25-point lead, they were able to tie it up in the fourth quarter, but eventually lost by just 3 points dropping their seventh straight game.
The Chicago Bulls are coming off a 97-85 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. The 76ers couldn’t stop Derrick Rose, who scored 31, but it didn’t matter. After the game Derrick Rose was clearly frustrated and a reporter stated, “I’d hate to be the Timberwolves Wednesday night!”
The Timberwolves have been without All-Star Kevin Love for the past three games. There’s no word yet on whether he’ll be able to go against the Bulls Wednesday night. In his absence Anthony Randolph has filled in for Love in the post. Randolph started those first two games (against Dallas and Oklahoma City) he had games of 31-11 and 24-15. Then came the Boston Celtics game in which he got in early foul trouble and the Celtics gameplan was clear: to muscle him on the inside and don’t let him have any good looks and get him frustrated early. Randolph ended with just 3 points and 4 rebounds in 17 minutes of play. Chances are, Kevin Love will return Wednesday night vs. the Bulls.
The key players for the Timberwolves will be Michael Beasley: who’s coming off a 28-10 game vs. the Celtics, anytime Beasley has a 25-30 point night, there’s a good chance the Timberwolves could get a W. Kevin Love: if he’s able to return, his rebounding and offensive production will be welcomed back. Darko Milicic: In Love’s absence Darko has been more active on the offensive end and on the boards, if Love returns he probably won’t be as productive. Anthony Randolph: If Love isn’t able to go, I’d expect Randolph to get the start again and make the most of the opportunity and turn things around from his 3-point outing on Sunday night. Wesley Johnson: Wes has struggled to score or do much production on either end of the floor. In the past 4 games he’s scored just 28 points combined, compared to the 29-point outing vs. the Lakers on March 18th.
The key players for the Bulls will be Derrick Rose: he’s the likely MVP of the 2010-11 season and has orchestrated one of the best defensive and offensive teams in the League, against a weaker backcourt of Ridnour, Flynn and Johnson, Rose should be in for a big game. Luol Deng: he’s been a great offensive player for the Bulls, against a weak(er) defensive player like Beasley, Deng should have a good offensive output. Carlos Boozer: a solid player on both ends, should give the Wolves frontcourt quite a bit of trouble. Joakim Noah: Noah is a great defensive player and I’d expect him to see some time against Love and Randolph in the low-post.
Tipoff is set for 7pmCT on Wednesday at the Target Center. A full-gameday recap can be found on this site following the final horn. As always thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!