Does David Kahn Have Something Up His Sleeve Regarding Jonny Flynn?

Kevin LindseyAnalyst IJuly 8, 2010

PHOENIX - MARCH 16:  Jonny Flynn #10 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket against Robin Lopez #15 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on March 16, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 152-114.  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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves met with Milwaukee Bucks free agent point guard Luke Ridnour yesterday. Why on Earth would the Wolves meet with Ridnour?

The Wolves already have two solid point guards on their team in Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions, and Minnesota also has the rights to European phenom point guard Ricky Rubio.

The jokes about Kahn’s fascination with point guards yesterday over the lunch hour were coming fast and furious.  Add to the punch line the fact that the Wolves could possibly have two former Milwaukee Bucks guards and it is hard to keep one’s pants dry.

What could Kahn be planning in meeting with Ridnour?

There are two optionsfirst, the pressure of the job has gotten to Kahn and he needs some help.  Some Wolves fans are unfortunately ready to subscribe to this theory.

The second option is that Kahn is ready to deal either Jonny Flynn or Ramon Sessions.

I suspect that the Timberwolves are trying really hard to play, "let’s make a deal."

The player most likely being shopped is Flynn.  He has more trade value as his long-term upside within the league has not yet been determined, whereas most General Managers within the league have reached a consensus on the ceiling for Sessions.

A few days before the draft, the Indiana Pacers offered the 10th overall pick in the draft for Flynn.  Minnesota turned down the offer, but it is clear that the two teams engaged in additional conversations about possible trade opportunities between them.

The Minnesota Timberwolves covet the Indiana Pacers' forward Danny Granger and reportedly tried to ship Al Jefferson to the Pacers for Granger.

One school of thought is that the Timberwolves are trying to revive their trade discussions with the Pacers by sweetening the pot by adding Flynn. 

If Minnesota is open to putting Flynn on the table with Jefferson in a possible trade to Indiana for Granger, the Wolves and Pacers are likely going to end up trading at least a half dozen players.

A second school of thought has Flynn as the necessary piece to pull off a three team trade. 

A few days ago the hot rumor was David Lee to Minnesota, Monta Ellis to New York, and Al Jefferson to Golden State.  Minnesota and New York were reportedly ready to make the deal but Golden State got cold feet.

The Knicks are still in the LeBron sweepstakes and might feel the need to make one last push to entice James to come to Madison Square Garden.

What if the following trade was madeAnthony Morrow, David Lee, and a draft pick to Minnesota, Monta Ellis, Jonny Flynn, and Corey Brewer to New York and Wilson Chandler and Al Jefferson to Golden State.

The Wolves rid themselves of Jefferson’s contract.  Minnesota also picks up scoring from the two-guard spot in Morrow, and by signing Lee they get a promising young talent that is big and likes to run the floor. The draft pick is not likely a throw away in the trade for the Wolves as they don’t have a first round pick next year.

New York gets their point guard in Flynn, who, being from Syracuse likely becomes a fan favorite.  The Knicks also get scoring at the two-guard spot in Ellis and a player on their team in Brewer that knows how to play defense.  Additionally, the Knicks get one more opportunity to show LeBron that they are committed to building around him.   

Finally, the Warriors get two very young post players who can score and balance out their perimeter scoring game.  Because of the Warriors' style of play, Jefferson and Chandler could easily average 20 points and 10 rebounds a night.

Could the signing of Ridnour by the Wolves be the first domino to fall in a larger trade involving Flynn?  Minnesota Timberwolves fans will be watching with interest.

Only time will tell if Kahn has something up his sleeve concerning Flynn.