The Detroit Pistons have invited
6-foot-6 swingman Terrence Williams 6-foot point guard Jonny Flynn to training camp, according to multiple reports. The Pistons already have 15 contracts on their roster, so if Williams Flynn plays well enough to earn a roster spot, someone else will need to be cut.
The lack of point guard depth has been an ongoing concern for Pistons fans and their may yet be some upside in the 23-year-old Flynn.
Williams Flynn, the 11th 6th overall pick in 2009, has played for three teams in three seasons, bouncing between the New Jersey Nets,Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers. In 129 163 career games, the 25 23-year-old small forward / shooting guard point guard has averaged 7.6 9.2 points, 3.9 1.9 rebounds and 2.5 3.9 assists in 20.2 22.9 minutes per game.
Flynn is a rather infamous disappointment as perhaps the pinnacle of the beleaguered David Kahn era in Minnesota. Armed with the picks 5 and 6, Kahn selected point guards Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn. Rubio refused to come stateside, Flynn struggled, and Kahn was on the chopping block. In the ensuing years things have settled down quite a bit with Rubio transitioning to the NBA quite well and Kevin Love helping to make up for other drafting mistakes.
For Flynn its been nothing but struggles, however. He was traded out of Minnesota and struggled with injuries and sparse playing time in Houston and Portland. The Pistons are thin at point guard with only Will Bynum backing up Brandon Knight. Flynn has zero offensive game to speak of but in the 18-game stint he had with the Blazers he showed that he could be a capable ball distributor off the bench, averaging 3.8 assists in only 15.6 minutes per game.
Still, odds are long that he will actually make the team as it would require the trade or release of another player.