How John Wall would impact Jonny Flynn, Ricky Rubio, Ramon Sessions and Minnesota Timberwolves?
In one respect, they’re the envy of the league.
The Minnesota Timberwolves – yes, the hard luck NBA franchise that failed to build a winner around Kevin Garnett, flipped Brandon Roy on draft day for Randy Foye, and has a yearly reservation at the lottery in New Jersey -are stacked with young, talented point guards.
Rookie Jonny Flynn is a star in the making, while youngster Ramon Session continues to impress as the second-stringer. However, the table-setter with the most upside, Ricky Rubio, is playing professionally in Spain, so the club could wait for him or trade his rights.
Believe it or not, point guard rich Minnesota could get even richer. If the Timberwolves win the first overall selection in the 2010 draft, they’d surely select can’t-miss University of Kentucky superstar John Wall.
(Wall is a future star.)
So, what would happen next? Hypothetically speaking, who would leave if Wall came to The Frozen Tundra of ‘Sota next season?
One thing is for certain: Wall would start. With his on-court brilliance and off-court charm, the current NCAA diaper dandy would make Minnesota a relevant NBA franchise. As a result, Wall would edge out Flynn and, if he ever agreed to play for Minnesota, Spanish sensation Rubio.
So executive David Kahn would have two valuable chips. Even in today’s point guard rich NBA, there would be suitors for a tough leader like Flynn, while Rubio – a ‘Pistol’ Pete Marahovich clone with a global following – would draw considerable interest from major markets like the New York Knicks.
Kahn would get assets back for both Flynn and/or Rubio. These parts would then complement a nice, young core of Corey Brewer, Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, and Wall. Suddenly, there’s reason for hope in the outpost known as Minnesota.
Sessions would likely stay and get regular burn as the third guard. For instance, he would man the two-spot as part of a smaller line-up or spell off Wall at the one-spot. And the former Milwaukee Buck and ‘D’-League star would be able to start in case of injury. Best of all, Sessions’ versatility comes at a cap friendly $4 million per season.
The Timberwolves are well positioned for the future. Landing Wall would expedite the rebuilding process and transform the club into a team worth watching in the Western Conference.
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