Minnesota Timberwolves: The Point Guard Situation

Max Minsker@@MaxMinskerCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 28: Jonny Flynn #10 of the Minnesota Timberwolves brings the ball up court against the New Jersey Nets at the Target Center on October 28, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves defeated the Nets 95-93. 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 Genevieve Ross/Getty Images)
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With the signing of Luke Ridnour, the Minnesota Timberwolves now have three point guards capable of playing extended minutes. Jonny Flynn, Ramon Sessions, and Ridnour combined for just over 67 minutes a game last season.

David Kahn, the team's president of basketball operations, has said publicly that it is unlikely we will see all three of them on the roster when the season starts. Luke Ridnour cannot be traded as he was just signed, so it seems that either Flynn or Sessions will be traded before the start of the season.

I will outline some possible trade scenarios and provide some different options for the Wolves. Before I do this, it is important to recognize a few things.

First, the Wolves are trying to give away as much salary as possible. Second, they are big on draft picks. Lastly, the Wolves aren't looking for veterans to fill out the roster.

If they are going to acquire players in a trade, they will either have to be ready to contribute right away as a starter, have an expiring contract, or be a good prospect. Anyone over the age of 30 probably isn't going to interest the Wolves.

Let's look at some possible moves for Ramon Sessions. Sessions played for the Wolves as the backup point guard last season averaging eight points and three assists a game. Sessions played in all 82 games and played 21 minutes a game although he has played a bigger role in the past.

Sessions is a solid point guard that can be an excellent back up and potentially start on occasion. He is overpaid, but he is only 24 years old and there is still time for him to develop his game.

There have been multiple rumors suggesting Sessions and Kosta Koufos could be headed to Cleveland in exchange for Delonte West. Delonte West's contract is un-guaranteed and if he is waived he is only owed $500k. If the Wolves wanted to go for a salary dump, this would be a good way to go.

Mo Williams and Sessions could play on the floor together, as Mo has shown the ability to play well off the ball and Sessions would fit into Byron Scott's fast paced system.

Another option for Sessions may be the Charlotte Bobcats. Trading Koufos and Sessions for Erick Dampier's completely unguaranteed contract and a second round pick may be another good option. The Wolves acquire another second round pick without taking anything in return.

With the Bobcats, Sessions could compete for a starting job right away. Without Raymond Felton, the Bobcats do not have a definite starter. Right now it looks as if D.J. Augustin will get the job, he averaged 6.5 points and 2.5 assists a game last year. Even if Sessions didn't start he could be a solid player off the bench and would get solid playing time.

The Bobcats and Wolves have not talked yet, but Dampier's contract is a great trade chip. If they could get Koufos and Sessions while still having a chance to sign Dampier, that might be something they would be interested in.

The other option the Wolves have is to trade Jonny Flynn. The idea of the Wolves trading Jonny Flynn is significantly less likely than the Wolves trading Ramon Sessions; however, I feel that they should at least consider it. 

After this coming season, Ricky Rubio has said he will play for the Timberwolves. Once he is in Minnesota, Jonny Flynn becomes the sixth man. The Wolves have said they would like to try to play them together. I'm not saying that it definitely wouldn't work, but it seems unlikely that these two point guards could successfully play together.

Flynn will not be as valuable once he is coming off the bench. When Rubio comes over, he is the franchise's first priority. Trading Flynn would be a good way for the Wolves to show Rubio that they are serious about making him their point guard of the future. If they trade Flynn to the right team, they can get some good value.

The perfect destination for Flynn would probably be the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers desperately need a point guard and the Wolves have a couple good options. Sessions and Ridnour would be fine carrying the load at point guard until Rubio comes to Minnesota.

If the Timberwolves could get Paul George and two future second round picks for Flynn that might be a good option for the Wolves. Maybe even a future first rounder.

The Wolves also have the cap room and the draft picks to potentially try to make a move for Danny Granger. I'm no GM, but a deal including Flynn, Corey Brewer and three first round picks may be enough to pull Granger away from the Pacers.

The Pacers could use their mid level exception, as they would no longer have an issue with the luxury tax and they would have their point guard of the future. Lance Stephenson may be good short term, but it is questionable whether or not he can be a long-term solution for the Pacers. This would put them in a great position for free agency next year as well because of their multiple expiring deals.

The Mavericks or Bobcats could be other teams interested in Flynn as Jason Kidd is aging quickly, and Raymond Felton signed with the Knicks.

The Timberwolves have three good point guards and Ricky Rubio has claimed he is coming over next year. One of them has to be traded. In my opinion, trading Flynn is the best option. They can get good value in return for him, especially if he goes to the Pacers, as they are desperate for a point guard.

Showing Ricky Rubio that he is the point guard of the future may convince him that he should come over next year. If Jonny Flynn isn't going to start after this season they might as well trade him for something valuable. The Wolves are not going to be competing for a playoff spot this year anyway so they should continue their rebuilding process and their preparation for the future.