With free agency only days away, it appears that unrestricted free agent point guard Jonny Flynn has expressed interest in talking with Los Angeles Lakers executives about coming to L.A.
Flynn ended this past season with the Portland Trail Blazers and was a restricted free agent at the end of the season. The Blazers, however, have decided not to tender Flynn a qualifying offer, which will make him a free agent once the market opens on Sunday, July 1.
A three-year NBA veteran hailing from Syracuse, Flynn has been a bit of a disappointment. Since the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted him sixth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, he has turned in several lackluster campaigns that led to his eventual trade to the Houston Rockets. The Rockets then sent him to Portland, where Flynn played sparingly in 16 games for the Blazers.
Throughout his career, Flynn has averaged 9.2 points and 3.9 assists in 22.9 minutes per game. His 33.8 percent shooting from three-point land has been one of the biggest letdowns. The potential is still there, though, for Flynn to develop into a starting-caliber point guard if given the proper coaching in the right system.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, even if the interest is mutual, they’d be limited in the amount of money that they’d be able to offer Flynn. With only a mid-level exception available to sign a free agent, the former Blazers point guard would have to come to L.A. for the veteran minimum, which would probably be significantly lower than what other potential suitors can put on the table.
The other teams that Flynn is interested in playing for are the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Blazers. The Cleveland Cavaliers have also shown interest and are expected to put in an offer for the experienced point guard.