Wolves make 6 trades, deal Jonny Flynn for Brad Miller, future No. 1
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MINNEAPOLIS -- It appears Jonny Flynn is done with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Shortly after the Wolves selected Lithuanian forward Donatas Motiejunas with the No. 20 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, several reports said they had agreed to trade Flynn and Motiejunas to the Houston Rockets for a package including veteran center Brad Miller, the No. 23 pick, the No. 38 pick and a future first-rounder.
That was only the start of David Kahn's dealing in his third draft as the Wolves' president of basketball operations. According to various reports:
• The Wolves then traded the No. 23 pick -- used on Nikola Mirotic from Montenegro -- to the Chicago Bulls for the Nos. 28 and 43 picks and cash considerations. The future first-rounder is a heavily protected pick that originally belonged to Memphis, according to the Houston Chronicle.
• The Wolves flipped the pick again on Thursday for cash and a 2013 second-rounder in a trade with New Jersey, which drafted Bojan Bogdanovic.
• Houston bought back the No. 38 pick to take Florida forward Chandler Parsons.
• Finally, it was believed the Wolves finalized a trade with Dallas for the No. 57 pick to get Tanguy Ngombo, a 6-foot-6 prospect from the Congo.
Out of all of that, the Wolves ended up with Miller, UCLA guard Malcolm Lee (the No. 43 pick), Ngombo, two future picks and a bunch of cash the team can put toward coach Kurt Rambis' buyout.
No trades can become official until the draft is over.
The No. 6 overall pick in the 2009 draft, Flynn fell out of favor with the Wolves last season, battled a hip injury and became expendable when fellow point guard Ricky Rubio -- the No. 5 pick in the same draft -- signed with the Wolves last month.
Miller, 34, averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds for the Rockets last season, his 13th in the NBA. He recently revealed he had microfracture knee surgery in mid-May and will be sidelined at least six months, casting his future into doubt and making it possible he's a buyout candidate, with two years remaining on his contract and the final year only partially guaranteed.
A 7-footer who went undrafted out of Purdue in 1998, Miller played briefly with the Italian club team Bini Viaggi, then signed with the Charlotte Hornets after the NBA lockout ended and went onto stints with Chicago (twice), Indiana, Sacramento and most recently Houston, averaging 11.4 points and 7.2 rebounds.