Isola: Jonny Flynn for TD Talks Initiated?

via Frank Isola:

“The Knicks have had preliminary discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves about a trade for point guard Jonny Flynn.

No formal deal is in place, but the Knicks are debating whether Flynn, the sixth overall pick of the 2009 draft would be a viable option to back up Chauncey Billups for at least one season. Flynn has become expendable now that the Wolves have signed Spanish guard Ricky Rubio, who was taken one pick ahead of Flynn.

Toney Douglas would likely be the player traded for Flynn. However, Douglas is coming off major shoulder surgery, which in theory would make him tough to deal. But Flynn is a similar medical risk. The 6-foot guard out of Syracuse had hip surgery last July and was limited to 53 games in his second year, not including a stint in the D-League.”

Flynn has been a player on the radar here at TKB since the 2009 draft when he was a potential draftee at number 8.  Once he was taken at 6 by David Kahn, many felt that the Knicks would make a serious play for either Flynn or Ricky Rubio.

To me, if this deal is on the table, it is one that you have to make. I like Douglas a lot.  Through their first two seasons, Douglas has shown more as an all-around basketball player than Flynn has.  Even during a strong rookie season, Flynn did not shoot the ball particularly well.  Last season, Douglas shined and Flynn was hampered by injuries and the Coach’s doghouse.

At this point, Douglas is the better defender and better scorer than Flynn.  However, I do not think Flynn has begun to really show what he can do on the floor.  Minnesota is not a good situation for him and it has shown.  In a different system and playing back home at the Garden, I feel as though Flynn would tap into the potential that we all know he has.

The trade would make sense from both sides.  The Wolves do not need another PG, and Douglas has shown that he is not a true PG.  Douglas can help solidify the Wolves backcourt defensively and can add some 3 PT shooting prowess to a team that can use it. For the  Knicks, they receive a lottery talent with playmaking ability.  Flynn has not proven to be a pure PG in the sense of a Chris Paul / Jason Kidd mold, but he is quick with the dribble and can really make plays.  At this point, the Knicks need that.  That is why I expect them to look seriously at playmakers in this coming draft.

UPDATE: As I do not think that a straight swap of the two guards would work under the current CBA, any deal would have to include more considerations.  One such consideration that would make the deal work would be the inclusion of Renaldo Balkman to make the salaries come close to matching (as was tossed around in the comments section).  Adding Balkman’s contract would sweeten such a deal for NY.  Balkman did not get much burn under D’Antoni and one would figure that he has no place in the rotation so long as D’Antoni is coaching.  Another interesting piece that the Wolves have is the 20th pick in the draft.