NBA Trade Rumors: Jeremy Lin's Emergence Gives Lakers Clear Path to Jonny Flynn

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 7, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 1: Jonny Flynn #10 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles around Joel Anthony #50 of the Miami Heat during a basketball game at Target Center on April 1, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)
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Whether Jeremy Lin's ascension is temporary or permanent is unknown, but it certainly removes the urgency for the Knicks to acquire a point guard. That should have a direct effect on the pursuit of Rockets' point guard Jonny Flynn. It was reported by Chris Broussard of ESPN that both the Knicks and Lakers had inquired about Flynn's availability.

With Lin averaging 26.5 points and 7.5 assists in the Knicks' last two games, both wins, the Knicks can cool their jets in pursuit of a true starting point guard.

Could it be that the point guard to run Mike D'Antoni's offense was buried on the bench the whole time?

It's possible, and now with Lin's play, coupled with a rotation of Toney Douglas and Iman Shumpert, the Knicks don't look as weak at the point guard spot. That should give the Lakers the clear advantage in their attempts to land Flynn.

The Knicks reported offer of Renaldo Balkman and Mike Bibby didn't excite the Rockets either, per the report.

The Lakers' offer won't likely be much better with players like Luke Walton and Derrick Caracter as the highlight, but the Knicks aggressiveness should have at least declined.

The Rockets are not in position to demand much for Flynn, as he is currently their third string point guard behind Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic.

If the Rockets hope to get anything for Flynn, they will probably have to take what the Lakers offer.

Flynn's contract has a team-option after this year for just over $4 million; so the Rockets may be content to simply let him walk and claim back the salary slot.

If this deal is completed, it could be a deal that was seen as an afterthought at the time, that turned in to a significant move in retrospect. I've always liked Flynn's game, but I think he's never been placed in the right situation to succeed.

Being one of the 40 million point guards the Timberwolves drafted in a three year span wasn't the best situation to succeed, especially with Ricky Rubio's arrival imminent.

He wasn't in the right place to develop there. Even still, he averaged 13.5 points per game as a rookie, but still had his minutes slashed drastically from 29 to 18.5 in his second year.

Since he was traded to Houston his minutes have not improved. He's played in only seven games at 11.6 minutes per contest.

Just as Lin was a diamond in the rough for the Knicks, so could be Flynn.

Right now, the Lakers have to be the front runners to find out and potentially benefit from Flynn's buried talents.

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