NBA Free Agency Rumor: Cavs Eyeing PG Jonny Flynn

This sounds familiar. Both in 2010 and then again in March, the Cavs reportedly targeted PG Jonny Flynn, the former Syracuse star who has fizzled thus far in the NBA.

Now, today, we’re seeing from the Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd that Cleveland again is rumored to target Flynn when free agency begins soon.

Everyone rightfully focused on draft, but free agency begins Sunday. Expect #Cavs to pursue unrestricted free agent Jonny Flynn to be the backup point guard. Interest there on both sides.

Several reports over the past few weeks have had Flynn in the Cleveland area for workouts, occasionally alongside Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cleveland’s possible selection in the first round tomorrow.

Flynn was the No. 6 pick in the 2009 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, the year they took three point guards in the first round. He has struggled in limited playing time, just averaging 9.2 points and 3.9 assists on 40% shooting in 163 career games, averaging 22.9 minutes per contest. Most recently, the 23-year-old finished last season with the Portland Trailblazers.

Behind Kyrie Irving, the Cavs have a non-guaranteed contract for Donald Sloan and a team option for Daniel Gibson. Sloan impressed late last year, but doesn’t have quite the same high-profile pedigree. Gibson occasionally plays both guard positions, but lacks ideal size.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Cya Gibson! 🙂

  • Steve_Not_Chad

    9 and 4 in 22 mins. doesn’t seem all that terrible to me. I’ll have to see his turnover average.

  • BenRM

    I think Flynn would be a solid back-up in the NBA. The whole Timberwolves mess did nothing for his development. (Not that I think he’ll develop into anything spectacular…but should be fully serviceable).

  • Steve

    On a career 40% shooter, and that number was 35% last year. This is a flier on a guy who had some potential once, nothing more, nothing less.

  • Steve_Not_Chad

    If the price is right sign him.

  • Harv 21

    should be serviceable, know he had hip surgery two years ago, but why just 18 games last year? This could be a fine back-up choice: he’s only 23, maybe NBA reality has wiped away any attitude issues he started with and he’s ready to learn some stuff from Byron and by practicing against Kyrie.

  • Haas

    I would love to take a chance on him. 3 years removed from being the #6 pick in the draft. There is skill there. Plus he would only be a backup, getting 15 min a game. On the down side, he is only 6′ flat.

  • bridgecrosser

    Odd note: I hate to beat the Lebron drum but for a while, Flynn was the only Lebron James player signed under the LBJ agency rep group.

  • mgbode

    houston is still kicking themselves for keeping him over jeremy lin