By Jerry Zgoda
The Wolves concluded their Las Vegas Summer League play Sunday with a 1-4 record after a 93-85 loss to Chicago in which Ben Woodside started at point guard while Jonny Flynn, who proved himself able to get to the rim and finish about anytime he wanted most of the week, came off the bench and had 7 points, 7 assists and 4 turnovers in 23 minutes.
David Kahn heads for Spain today and meetings presumably with Ricky Rubio and his DKV Joventut team in a trip that Kahn says his only mission is to be “helpful” in facilitating Rubio’s contract buyout so he can play in the NBA this fall.
The Wolves, by NBA rules, can pay only $500,000 of a buyout that could cost as much as $6.6 million. But with European teams everywhere suffering financially from the global economic downturn — and DKV Joventut in particular financial trouble — it seems more and more likely a deal eventually will get done. If it happens and Rubio signed by the Wolves by fall, it probably will because Rubio’s Spanish club is desperate for that buyout money and because Rubio’s representatives will have lined up enough endorsement deals to pay for that buyout, and then some.
Kahn said he expects to return from Spain sometime later this week.
Some other thoughts and impression after scouring the boxscores and watching the Vegas games from afar:
* Flynn impressed big time with his strength and quickness. It is, of course, only summer league, but he showed all the instincts you’d hope to see from a rookie point guard.
* A tweet from ESPN.com’s Kevin Arnovitz’s during Sunday’s game: “An informal poll of execs and coaches: Wayne Ellington is a real NBA player.”
* Corey Brewer’s week was just like his career so far: Uneven. But he did play in four of five games, his first game action back since he tore his ACL against Denver in November.
* Augusta State center Garrett Siler is an interesting prospect who you could see at least in training camp come Ocotber.
* Bobby Brown’s dwindling playing time as the week wore on suggests he won’t be on the roster by opening night, either by being packaged in some kind of trade or simply have the year remaining on his contract bought out.