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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  19 responses

Flip Saunders Reportedly May Replace David Kahn as Timberwolves GM


According to the Star Tribune, David Kahn’s reign in Minnesota could soon be coming to an end. Flip Saunders, currently working as a TV analyst, is said to be angling for Kahn’s gig with the Timberwolves: “There are several indications pointing to the likelihood of former Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders replacing David Kahn as president of basketball operations for the team before the 2013-14 season. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor wasn’t available for comment on the subject Saturday, but he hasn’t kept it a secret that Saunders has served as a consultant for him on the basketball team during this season. It was interesting to see Taylor’s quote in Thursday’s Star Tribune about his contact with Saunders. Taylor said: ‘He’s pretty well aware of what is happening with the Timberwolves.’ And then some time ago Taylor talked about how he was in contact with Saunders for information on how to handle the many injuries the Wolves have suffered this season. And the word is that Saunders made a trip to Mankato to talk basketball with Taylor. Unless Saunders is offered a coaching job that would pay him a lot more money than he would get being the Wolves’ president of basketball operations, I think it’s a strong possibility that Saunders will replace Kahn before next season. Taylor mentioned some time ago that he considers Saunders a better judge of personnel than he is a coach. And the personnel situation with the Wolves the past two years has been a disaster. Then there is the coaching situation with Rick Adelman, who is in the second year of a five-year contract calling for a reported $6 million a year. Informed sources say that Adelman almost resigned this season when his wife became seriously ill. He missed a number of practices and games to be with his wife as she recovered and had her illness diagnosed.”

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  • pposse

    what did Flip Saunders ever do to earn him a job as a GM??!

  • spit hot fiyah

    as much fun as we made of khan picking 1000 Point guards in the draft, he has actually done a very good job in building a well balanced roster. he has really done a good job signing overseas guys. ak, pek, schved and ricky Enjoy!

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    But didn’t he screw up with K Love? I thought reports coming out were that he shoved a contract at Love in the locker room made him sign it and that contributed to all the things that alienated him from the club.

  • The Fury

    ..and he might replace Adelman…jeezzz.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he isn’t David Kahn, mainly.

  • pposse

    Flip Saunders embodies everything wrong with NBA executives imo. I don’t understand how a guy who never had any real success other than one western conf. finals trip with KG continuously gets high paying jobs. I understand what happened in Detroit but really that team was going to the eastern conference finals all those years with or without Flip. and yet he is in line to take over as GM for a the Timberwolves?! The NBA is a big fraternity, they need to find ways to get other more qualified guys these jobs.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i agree completely.

  • MikeC.

    Kahn only signed Pek because he thought he’d make a good PG.

  • AndyK415

    The real reason is that Flip is a beloved basketball figure here in Minnesota. He went to college here, has lived here ever since, and is still a huge part of the community here. Lots of people were pissed when he got fired. Right or wrong, this is a small basketball market and people want their own to succeed and take over. We have been begging for years for him to become the Gophers coach.

  • AndyK415

    Yes he was here with KG with all of those 7 straight first round playoff losses, but you have to remember how much McHale screwed up this team year after year. Arguably the worst GM run in history.

  • AndyK415

    That is true.

  • AndyK415

    He’s a 17 year head coach in the NBA…pretty sure he knows a thing or two

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    co sign

  • MikeC.

    That infatuation with Joe Smith wasted KG’s prime.

  • AndyK415

    Yup that was just one of about 3 dozen horrible drafts/trades/signings

  • pposse

    im not gonna sit here and act like i understand the politics with small market teams, but “love is blind” – he may have been a coach for 17 years but he didn’t do much in that time to my knowledge, let me know i am wrong. I more or less remember him for the outing he had in Washington (started to coach in DC when i moved here) which was pretty bad. Its just that the NBA is only so big and there are only so many jobs. If the twolves want to win, they should think outside the box. What would Ricky Rubio have to say about this? I would be a little concerned about that, and Kevin Love’s opinion too.

  • AndyK415

    I understand what you’re saying. The politics of small market teams are honestly messed up and I know this. But…it’s like this..no big name free agent player or coach is ever going to come here on their own (it was a shock when Adelman came). So the people that do want to come here and consider your small market team/state “home”, they are always welcome back with open arms because you feel like they are one of us. The list of basketball people considered to be legends here who are still in this state is small…Kevin McHale (who isn’t allowed back with the Wolves ever), Flip Saunders, and Trent Tucker. Sure they should probably ask Rubio or Love (but Love is leaving anyway whenever he gets a chance) but Flip does know a thing or two about the game plus he saw firsthand how not to do it with all those years under McHale.

  • MikeC.

    The horribleness of his drafts was all linked to the Joe Smith signing. Forfeiting all those 1st rd picks ruined depth. The fact that the Wolves kept making the playoffs is a testament to KG’s greatness and will.

  • Chukaz

    This is hilarious. Kahn kept his job despite all those screw ups (the fact that he kept it after declining to give love a 5 year max because he was saving it for rubio still amazes me. If i was the owner, i wouldn’t have terminated his contract, i woulda terminated his life) and now that the roster finally looks like an NBA roster, he might get canned. That’s just funny to me, but you know what they say “doing it right the 1st time gets the job done, doing it wrong 14 times gets you job security, doing it wrong too many times gets you fired”

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