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Flynn's career gets new start

Here's the interesting twist from the flurry of trades the Minnesota Timberwolves unleashed during Thursday night's NBA draft:

The guy in charge of reviving now former Wolves guard Jonny Flynn's NBA career is none other than Kevin McHale. The Wolves traded Flynn (Niagara Falls) in a swap of players and draft picks to Houston, where he will be coached by McHale.

Flynn -- a former No. 6 overall pick -- was a throw-in after only two seasons with the Wolves. McHale was fired by the Wolves after nearly 15 years as an executive and coach.

"Houston is a great situation for me with a coach like Kevin McHale, who's going to let us play," Flynn told the Rockets' website after his introductory news conference. "We're going to run pick-and-rolls. We're going to get up and down the floor. And that's Jonny Flynn's game. That's what everyone knows me from: getting out on the break, creating for others. I can't wait to getting back to being the real Jonny Flynn.

"This fits me well perfectly. In the triangle offense, you really don't need a point guard to run the offense. You pass the ball and you go to the corner and wait for it to come back to you. You're not in there making plays. It's not a system for young guys wanting to get out and run."

In other league news, Raptors guard Leandro Barbosa has exercised his contract option to return to Toronto next season.

The Brazilian averaged 13.3 points, 2.1 assists and 24.1 minutes in 58 games last season, his first in Toronto. Barbosa made $7.1 million last season and was second on the team in three-point shooting.

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