Friday, April 26, 2013
Flip to replace Kahn for Wolves
By Tom Carpenter
The Minnesota Timberwolves appear to be wasting little time deciding how their front office will look after failing to reach the NBA playoffs. According to NBA.com's Steve Aschburner, David Kahn is out and Flip Saunders is in as the new president of basketball operations.
"Saunders, 58, has been negotiating a contract that, with option years, could run through the 2017-18 season and could be worth more than $9 million over the full five years, according to league sources who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the hiring," he wrote.
"The move, which could become official as soon as next week, would end David Kahn‘s controversial tenure after four seasons..."
Kahn's missteps in recent drafts and some shoddy trades put his job in jeopardy after the Timberwolves ran up an 89-223 record and failed to make the playoffs during his tenure.
Saunders will have some big decisions to make this offseason, not only in the draft, but also when it comes to restricted free agents Chase Budinger and Nikola Pekovic and unrestricted free agent Andrei Kirilenko. He'll also have to find a way to smooth things over with key players like Kevin Love to get their franchise headed in the right direction.