Timberwolves Become New Rumored Bidder for Ramon Sessions
Sure, Timberwolves capo David Kahn made fierce Flynn the No. 6 pick in the NBA draft, higher than Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holiday or Ty Lawson. But that pick came after Kahn already took a point guard, Mr. Ricky Rubio. Kahn proceeded to spend all summer trying to get Ricky to actually come play for the Wolves. (It didn't work.)
Now, as Rubio's rejection has seemingly made Flynn's path to the starting lineup clear, there's one more potential roadblock. Gerry Woelfel of the Racine Journal-Times reports that Kahn may soon be presenting restricted free agent point guard Ramon Sessions with an offer sheet.
Of course, Minnesota clearly needs another point guard: Flynn is a rookie, Bobby Brown might as well be one (he played sparingly and poorly as a rookie for Sacramento and 'Sota last season) and Kahn has already implied Chucky Atkins will never suit up in a Wolves kit. The issue is that massive point guard depth right now -- beyond Flynn, the team has no one for this season.
The issue is pecking order, depth chart. Rubio Plus Flynn was a problem because neither can play two-guard (Flynn is 5'10, Rubio currently shoots deep jumpers as well as Mark Madsen). Flynn Plus Sessions is a problem because Sessions is a starrish young point guard, and Flynn is -- again -- a point guard only. Sure, the Wolves need more two-guards too. But are you really going to flip cash for Sessions to play him off the ball? He has made nine three-pointers in his NBA career, and he's a rather inefficient and infrequent scorer for a ball-dominant playmaker. He's a point guard.
If the idea is to let Flynn mature, great. Point guards don't need to start from Day 1. But at some point, when they are ready, they need to take over. Deron Williams wasn't ready for Jerry Sloan's pick-and-roll offense on Day 1 ... but he figured it out, and Brevin Knight had to clear the way. Can you really clear a young and potentially pricey stud like Sessions out of the way for a budding Flynn? And how long do you wait before making the change? And what do you in two years if, as Flynn finally takes over, Rubio decides he's really ready this time to come to the NBA?
Having extra talent is no bad idea, and the Wolves backcourt is, on the whole, anemic. At this point, Sessions isn't going to be getting a massive offer sheet from Kahn -- in all likelihood, Sessions will be paid fairly for his potential, if not his production. Kahn hasn't been a complete disaster, as some insist -- his entry in the Quentin Richardson Experiment actually saved the team some payroll, which isn't always easy in the summer.
But the toying around with Flynn's status is mind-melting. Human spirits matter, and I can't imagine Flynn's Very Important Head is filled with good thoughts given the travails of this Timberwolf summer.