Thursday, June 23, 2011
Rockets acquire guard Jonny Flynn
ESPN.com news services
The Houston Rockets acquired point guard Jonny Flynn and Lithuanian big man Donatas Motiejunas in a trade with Minnesota during Thursday night's NBA draft and sent center Brad Miller and the 23rd pick to the Timberwolves.
The Rockets sent the rights to Nikola Mirotic, the 23rd pick, and No. 38, along with Miller and a 2013 first-round pick, to acquire Flynn and Montiejunas.
Flynn was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2009 draft. Miller, a 13-year veteran, averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game with Houston last season.
The Timberwolves then turned around and dealt the rights to Mirotic to Chicago for the rights to Cleveland State guard Norris Cole, selected 28th, and the 43rd pick.
In yet another deal, Minnesota traded the rights to Cole to Miami for the 31st overall pick, a future second-round pick and cash considerations.
Houston initially sent the 38th overall pick to Minnesota, then bought it back to take Florida forward Chandler Parsons. Houston used its first-round pick, No. 14 overall, on Kansas forward Marcus Morris.
Morris was named the Big 12 player of the year after averaging 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds in 38 games for the Jayhawks in the 2010-11 season.
"I bring a lot of toughness to the game, a lot of energy," Morris said. "I feel that my presence is felt wherever I play. I'm a scorer and I can defend a lot of positions."
Information from ESPN.com's Marc Stein, ESPN.com's Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.