Friday, May 3, 2013
Kahn's time with Wolves not complete bust
By Nick Borges
David Kahn's option was officially not picked on Thursday with word from owner Glen Taylor that Flip Saunders is coming back to the Minnesota Timberwolves as the new president of basketball operations. Saunders has also bought a small share of the team, too.
Kahn had many critics for some of his moves via the draft and free agency, however he's adamant that the team is in better shape now than what it was when he was hired. ESPN Insider Bradford Doolitte and TrueHoop's Henry Abbott agree with Kahn.
Bradford DoolitlteKahn leaves Wolves in good shape
"The overall record had many more misses than hits. Nevertheless, the timing of the move is kind of bittersweet in that the roster Kahn ultimately assembled never really got a chance to succeed. By whatever path Kahn took to get there, the 2012-13 Timberwolves likely had more top-to-bottom talent than any other team in franchise history. In Pro Basketball Prospectus 2012-13, we projected Minnesota to win 52 games and land the fifth seed in the West. That was probably overshooting things a bit, but nevertheless it was clear that Kahn had put together a very good team on paper."
Henry AbbottKahn not the worst NBA GM
"I join a big crowd in not crying for Kahn today. So yup, call him an iconoclastic crank who's short of friends and long on big, pompous mistakes. But please, don't call him the worst GM in the NBA. But for the occasional Sam Presti or R.C. Buford, GMs basically all have Kahn-like collections of mistakes in their records. A third of the league is out of contention every season largely because of self-inflicted wounds; the NBA transaction list is littered with trades that were destined to fail from day one. How much better could the Kings be? What about the Suns, Nets, Wizards, Pistons and Raptors? Kahn might belong on your poster of front-office incompetence. But surely not alone, and he surely doesn't even get to kneel in front holding the game ball. He's the king when it comes to making a spectacle of poor decision making. But when it comes to actually making the decisions, plenty of others have done worse."