Thursday, July 8, 2010

Jonny Flynn to Cleveland?

Former Syracuse star point guard Jonny Flynn is a target of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

I would assume Mo Williams will be central to a trade between the two teams, but Cleveland would have to give up more than an aging veteran to get the rising star from Minnesota.

Flynn, the No. 6 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, started 81 games last season, averaging 13.5 points per game. Some NBA experts believe Flynn could be the league's next star point guard.

The move could be a last-minute attempt by the Cavs to convince LeBron James to return to Cleveland because both players are represented by the same agent.

Ever since Williams had a lackluster appearance during this season's playoffs, the team has been actively seeking a point guard. They tried to lure LeBron's friend and arguably the best point guard in the league Chris Paul to the team recently, but now they are settling for a secondary choice. At this time, however, Flynn is not a direct replacement for Paul, so a completed trade could not even affect LeBron's decision-making.

Cleveland needs a faster point guard to help run the offense. The Cavs have been a defense-first team the past several seasons, and appear to be trying to improve their offense this offseason, with or without LeBron.

While not a fan of Syracuse, I always liked watching Flynn play college ball. I often wondered if he would transition well to the NBA game, but I think he proved he can hang with the big boys his rookie season.

He has plenty of upside and would make a great addition to the Cavs in a partial rebuild if LeBron leaves town.

Flynn's photo on Wikipedia features him in a Yankees hat, so if LeBron stays with Cleveland and this trade happens, the two could at least root for the Yankees together.

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