SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Wednesday, on what had already been a good night for the Timberwolves, with a victory over the Kings at Arco Arena on the finish of a back-to-back as Michael Beasley played like a No. 2 pick, injured point guard Jonny Flynn stepped from the locker room. David Kahn, the president of basketball operations standing about 20 feet down the hall, called to him.
“We’ve targeted you to play next Wednesday, right?” Kahn said. “I don’t want to put too much pressure on you for that, in case there’s a setback.”
“No, that’s all right,” Flynn answered.
“You feel comfortable with that?”
“That’s what we’re shooting for,” Flynn said in agreement.
And so it was settled. With Flynn working his way back from July 27 hip surgery, with the Timberwolves at 2-7 and staging auditions for help at point guard, the sides are aiming for Wednesday’s home game against the Clippers for his season debut.
The plan comes with the obvious disclaimers that Flynn will be held back if he is not ready and that the search for point guard help may continue, even with the encouraging news regarding the second-team All-Rookie pick from 2009-10. He is not expected to play big minutes at first, coach Kurt Rambis, in the other noteworthy update, said Flynn is still experiencing soreness in the hip after work in limited practices, and backup Luke Ridnour is fighting a strained hamstring. That the Timberwolves are able to set a target date, though, is a sign Flynn should participate in a full workout within days and, if that goes well, that his return to the lineup is coming soon.
“He’s all fired up ready to go,” Rambis said, declining to put a timetable on the exact return date. “He’s seeing a lot of things, just going through practice now and watching games and everything. He understands what we’re trying to do and what we want to do. He can see it now that he’s not actually out there on the floor being involved with us. Sitting down, hopefully, will be a really good thing for him. It’s an unfortunate thing that happened. But hopefully it’ll turn out to be a benefit. He’s fired up. He’s ready to go.”
Ridnour has missed the last two games and is scheduled to be re-evaluated Tuesday, leaving Sebastian Telfair as the only true point guard on the roster. Searching for help, the Timberwolves brought Sundiata Gaines, Curtis Jerrells, Trey Johnson and Aaron Miles to Sacramento for a group free-agent workout. None was signed on the otherwise eventful day that ended with Beasley scoring 18 points in the first quarter and a career-high 42 in all, but that could change in the coming days.