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Flynn's Hip Injury Nets Rockets An Additional Pick In Draft Day Trade With Timberwolves

On Thursday, the Houston Rockets sent Brad Miller plus their 23rd and 38th picks in the draft to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Donatas Motiejunas and Jonny Flynn. On Friday when Flynn was examined by Houston team doctors, the deal hit a bit of a snag.

Flynn, 22,  was the sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft, but he had hip surgery after a torn labrum last July that limited his availability in 2010. It was not made clear whether or not Minnesota was up front with Houston about the current status of Flynn's hip, but to push the deal through, the Timberwolves had to cough up a second round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. 

Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey said there are no issues and that Flynn is fine. So fine, apparently that the Rockets had to be given another draft pick before they would clear him on his physical.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the injury won't keep Flynn off the court , but raises long-term health concerns with the Rockets.

Several reports surfaced that Flynn was on the trading block as soon as the Rockets acquired him. This will likely make moving Flynn much more difficult. On the flipside, Flynn has hardly had a chance to blossom as an NBA player and if there's roster room (and if there's a season) in the fall, it would be interesting to see if Flynn could reach his full potential in a Rockets uniform.

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