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Minnesota's Jonny Flynn has hip surgery, will miss start of the season

Jul 27, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for jonny-Flynn.jpgBet you didn’t see this coming: the Minnesota Timberwolves could be short point guards to start the season.

Jonny Flynn, who started 81 games for the Timberwolves last season at the point, will likely miss the start of this season after having hip surgery, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Flynn missed Summer League for the surgery.

If Flynn is out for training camp and the start of the season, look for off-season acquisition Luke Ridnour to get the starting job. Which is a good thing. Flynn had no love for setting up the triangle offense and slashed his way into the lane with a 41.7 shooing percentage. He got to the line a little, got the Wolves four assists per game but added three turnovers to that. He wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t a good starter, either.

Ridnour found his shooting stroke last season in Milwaukee and hit 47.8 percent of his shots, plus shot better from three than Flynn, got an assist on a higher percentage of his touches and had far few turnovers. He was flat out better.

Flynn should be back in the opening months of the season, but he will have to fight to get his job back.

Behind Flynn, the Timberwolves are thin at point guard. They traded away Ramon Sessions and are expected to buy out the contract of just traded for DeLonte West. Reports out of Minnesota suggest they plan to buy out the full deal of Sebastian Telfair as well, which seems odd, especially now that they need another point guard. Would be smarter to keep him around for that overpriced $2.7 million contract Kevin McHale signed him to. Ricky Rubio will not be much help either, he has another season in Barcelona coming.

  1. Rob - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Flynn did stink it up last year. He is quick as lightning but has a lot of learning to do. Musselman would have planted him on the bench due to his propensity to turn the ball over. He is just young. Hopefully the surgery went well. He can still grow in a solid contributor on a competitive team. Time will tell.

  2. Zachariah Blott - Jul 28, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    It’s a shame they got rid of Ramon Sessions, especially since he’s WAY better than Flynn. Hopefully the Cavs finaly make Sessions a starter: all he’s done so far is have the most assists in a game for anyone over the past 16 seasons (24) and score more points in a game than CP3 (44). http://www.hoopskarma.com/hk/2010/7/28/hey-nba-develop-this-young-pg.html

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