Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
UPDATE: Flip Saunders was 'mum' about potentially replacing David Kahn in Minnesota as the President of Basketball Operations. Saunders told Sportscenter "What develops right now is yet to be determined." While he didn't completely dismiss the report he did say that there is no agreement in place as of now. David Kahn had this to say in a very lengthy text message...
"First, I wake up every day knowing it's a privilege to have this job, and not a right. Speculation about our jobs is part of this business, especially when you strip the emotion out of it. Speculation is especially understandable now, as we have a deep and talented team, with several cornerstone players, and will be poised for big success once it regains its health.
This won't be the last we hear on this and once I have new information, I'll be sure to pass that along to you.
According to a report from Steve Aschburner of NBA.com the Minnesota Timberwolves are finalizing a deal that will bring Flip Saunders back to the organization. Not in a head coaching role this time, but instead as the new President of Basketball Operations.
If these reports are indeed true that likely means a number of things...
1.) Kahn's tenure in Minnesota is finally over!
2.) There were many reports of Adelman potentially retiring after this season. One of those reports had him retiring and taking over as GM (for Kahn) and then hiring Elston Turner to replace him on the sidelines. While there's still a chance Adelman could retire, it seems more likely he stays on this season.
During Kahn's time in Minnesota he accumulated an 89-233 record over four seasons and continued the Wolves' near decade-long playoff drought. Add to that, failed experiments with Darko Milicic, Anthony Randolph, Brandon Roy & Michael Beasley; drafting Wes Johnson and Jonny Flynn and hiring Kurt Rambis. While there have been some bright spots (Adelman, Rubio, Shved & Kirilenko) the 'cons' far outweigh the 'pros'.
According to Aschburner's report, both (Glen) Taylor & Saunders were contacted and neither group/person confirmed or denied the report. The two have met several times over the past few weeks, however.
In February 2005 Saunders was fired by Taylor after a 25-26 start to the season. Despite that the two have maintained a good relationship. After Saunders was fired from the Wizards a couple years back, Flip became a studio analyst. Flip says that since his firing from the Wizards head coaching job, he feels a lot more comfortable taking a front office job, as opposed to another coaching gig. Saunders was a main candidate in the Minnesota Golden Gophers new men's basketball coach (after they fired Tubby Smith). The Gophers are Flip's alma-mater, but he eventually lost out to Richard Pitino.
According to the report Flip's contract could run through 2018 and be worth around $9million ($1.8million a year).
Once we get a confirmation on this report, I'll be sure to let you know. Thanks for reading HOWL, stay tuned and GO WOLVES!
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