Houston Rockets: Should the Rockets Keep Jonny Flynn on the Roster?

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IOctober 8, 2011

Jonny Flynn.
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The Houston Rockets are starting a new era under new head coach Kevin McHale. After losing Yao Ming to retirement, the team has been on the lookout for another big man. But due to the impending lockout, everything has been put on hold.

Flynn spent two years playing college basketball at Syracuse University where he was one of the best players in the nation and drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the sixth overall pick in 2009. However, the Timberwolves made a trade with the Washington Wizards and obtained the No. 5 overall pick as well. They used the No. 5 pick to draft Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, causing a controversy before the season even started.

Would Rubio, who was not going to make his Minnesota debut for one or more seasons, end up replacing Flynn somewhere down the road? Or, would the team lean on Flynn and trade Rubio’s rights to a team like the New York Knicks, or the Sacramento Kings, who at the time needed a point guard? 

During his rookie season, Flynn averaged 13.5 points and 4.4 assists per game in 81 appearances (including all starts). He put up some impressive stats for a rookie, and the questions calmed down about trading Flynn in favor of an unproven and very raw Rubio.

Flynn underwent surgery on his hip, and as a result, saw his play falter in his second season in Minnesota, as he averaged only 5.3 points a game to go along with 4.0 assists in 53 games (eight starts).

One trade that occurred on draft night involving the Houston Rockets was the acquisition of point guard Jonny Flynn, the draft rights to Donatas Motiejunas, and a 2012 second-round draft pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for veteran center Brad Miller and a future first-round draft pick. General Manager Daryl Morey was looking to move Millers' contract, who only spent one season in Houston and was no longer a fit.

The Houston Rockets already have Goran Dragic, Terrence Williams, Kyle Lowry, Courtney Lee and Kevin Martin on their roster. If given an opportunity for playing time, Flynn may be able to find a role on the team. This is also assuming that Kevin McHale plans to use him in his rotation and not look to deal the guard for another desired player.

The Rockets currently have a lot of assets on their roster, but is it time for them to find pieces in order to contend for a championship? Can GM Daryl Morey use his assets to swing a trade for a center? If he does, will Flynn be dangled as trade bait?

These are questions that will hopefully be answered sooner rather than later.