by Jack Maidment
With ‘point guard’ and ‘Minnesota Timberwolves’ in the same sentence you could be forgiven for jumping to conclusions. Ricky Rubio’s decision to remain in Spain for at least another two years barring something more than miraculous happening has entirely dominated not only news regarding the Wolves but also the NBA in general.
But apparently the world, or at least the NBA, has more stories to tell with the news coming out of Minny that Ramon Sessions of Milwaukee Bucks fame has agreed to an offer sheet.
It has been said that all publicity is good publicity but for David Kahn, Rubio’s snub can only be seen as a major problem for a GM who is not only trying to rebuild a team but also salvage and re-brand a franchise long deemed moribund.
The swift play for Sessions is clearly a bid to try and wash away the bitter taste of rejection left with Kahn since Rubio’s statement of intent. Swift the move may be, but the extent to which it will assuage the collective feeling of disappointment felt by all those associated with the Wolves will be minimal at absolute best.
The prospect of having arguably the most exciting young player in the world on your roster is a damn fine way to sell tickets and give your lowly franchise a boost. Bringing in a solid and improving player in Sessions? Just not the same.
And that is to say nothing negative about Sessions. Making it to the League from the D and proceeding to drop 20+ assist nights is something that deserves props: the fact that he has landed a 4 year $16 million contract is testament to the potential he has displayed in his relatively brief stint in the NBA.
This news cements a sense of finality regarding Rubio’s migration West: it’s not happening for a while.
As one case closes, albeit temporarily, another one opens: where does this leave Johny Flynn? The fact that the Wolves drafted two points back to back suggested that they had the faith in both of them to do things in their back court from the off, learning and growing on the job. Kahn said so.
Having Sessions join him in Minnesota must have Flynn a little perturbed to say the least. Bringing in another player at your position is hardly the best way of saying ‘we have confidence in you’ especially given the fact that Session is hardly a veteran himself. He may have played a lot more ball than Flynn but half a season in the NBA hardly puts him light years ahead of the Syracuse man in terms of leadership or savvy.
Training camp is going to be one hell of a ride.