Jonny Flynn, who was last seen in Detroit before being waived, is going to Australia and play for the NBL’s Melbourne Tigers. He is set to replace the Tigers’ import Kevin Braswell, who was just released.
Here is what Tigers coach Chris Anstey (who himself had a brief NBA career) had to say about Flynn. From the Herald Sun of Australia:
Anstey said new boy Flynn represented one of the highest-quality players the NBL had seen in some time.
After being released by the Pistons recently, FLynn’s management contacted Anstey to sound out opportunities at the Tigers.
“He’s in his prime and wanted to reinvigorate his career and we’re really excited about what he’s going to bring,” Anstey said.
Jonny Flynn was picked sixth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2009 NBA Draft. He was the second consecutive point guard chosen by the Wolves in that draft right after Ricky Rubio as he was looked at as a back-up plan in case Rubio couldn’t make it stateside. Flynn got off to a good start when he averaged 13.5 points and 4.4 assists in his rookie year. After having hip surgery in the summer of 2010, he hasn’t been the same since. Flynn was traded twice in a span of nine months (Houston in June 2011 and Portland in March 2012) and was released by the Pistons in the preseason.
Flynn was also part of the Syracuse team that played in six overtimes against Connecticut in the Big East tournament in 2009, which was a big part of him winning the MVP in the tournament even though Syracuse didn’t win it.