Tigers pounce on NBA top pick
The Melbourne Tigers have lured former top-10 NBA draft pick, Jonny Flynn, to Australia in one of the biggest signings in NBL history.
A No. 6 pick in the 2009 NBA draft, the point guard has been through clubs Minnesota, Houston, Portland and, most recently, Detroit.
As a point of reference, Melbourne Tigers and Boomers favourite Patty Mills was picked at No. 55 in the same draft.
While big things were expected of Flynn, the 23-year-old has so far failed to fully establish himself in the NBA following hip surgery that quelled his impact as an explosive point guard.
He will replace fellow import Kevin Braswell, who the Tigers axed just a day after their breakthrough win of the NBL season.
The Tigers triumphed over Townsville 91-66 in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon but their patience ran out with Braswell and his persistent knee problems.
The 33-year-old only managed eight points and six assists against the winless Crocs.
Flynn impressed in his NBA debut season with Minnesota in 2009, but following a troublesome hip injury and subsequent surgery, he was bounced through two other clubs.
He signed with the Detroit Pistons early in October, only to be released just a few weeks later without playing a game, opening the opportunity for the Tigers to pounce.
Melbourne coach Chris Anstey said Flynn, who stands at 182 centimetres, was fit and ready to fire for the Tigers, who are 1-4 for the season.
Reports from Detroit said he looked ''healthy and athletic''
''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.
Flynn is expected to train with his new teammates this week and could possibly line up against Adelaide at Hisense Arena on Friday night.
Anstey said Braswell would remain working with the Melbourne medical staff to get his knee right before seeking another NBL gig.
''Kev has been an absolute pro this whole time but he has been playing hurt and we need someone with a few different capabilities to really help us build on what we are doing here,'' he said.
''There's no hard feelings and we're sure Kev will get another job because he has a lot to offer the league.'' AAP