Flip Saunders could replace David Kahn as Timberwolves GM, according to report
By Patrick Hayes on Mar 3 2013, 10:59a @patrick_hayes
If the Minnesota Timberwolves fire president of basketball operations David Kahn, former Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders could replace him.
The Timberwolves, struggling with a myriad of injuries this season, are 20-36 and headed for the lottery again. Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that if owner Glen Taylor decides to cut ties with Kahn after the season, Saunders would be a natural replacement. Saunders has been working as a consultant to Taylor this season, according to Hartman.
"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," Hartman writes. "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."
Saunders was fired as coach of the Washington Wizards after starting the 2011-12 season with a 2-15 record. He coached the Timberwolves for 10 seasons and spent three seasons coaching the Detroit Pistons.
Hartman also reports that, despite being under contract, Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman might not return. Adelman has missed time this season to tend to his wife, who has had health problems.
Oh man...this would be like Christmas coming early if Kahn were finally let go! I'd finally get to change my user name, lol.
In all seriousness though. Besides Rubio (and possibly blackmailing AK, Shved, and Adelman to coming to Minny), his tenure as GM has been an absolute disaster.
Hiring Kurt Rambis set our franchise back at least 3 years.
Draftwise, It's been insanely frustrating to watch the Wolves pass on Steph Curry, Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holiday, and trading Ty Lawson (2009); taking Wes Johnson over DMC, Greg Monroe, Gordon Hayward, and PAUL GEORGE, and thinking Lazar Hayward was the answer at SF (more than once, mind you) (2010), lucking into D-Will, but completely botching K-Love's contract (2011)...
FA wise, the Kahn-tract (4-5 years, $16-20 mil) has been killing our cap space, like signing Darko, Barea on top of Ridnour...ugh
I could go on and on with the horrible decisions, but here's the best summary: http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2012/12/09/an-overarching-look-at-david-kah...
I seriously hope Kahn will be a distant memory by next season.
Flip Saunders is a smart guy and would be a good hire but what front office experience does he have? Maybe he has a good rapport with K Love? Whatever they do they should keep Adelman, his offense is perfect for Love and Rubio. They should do it immediately after the season because some big decisions loom.
You can't just lose above average serviceable centers in the middle of rebuilds. There is only a handful of guys in NBA who can get back to the basket, pure post points as a big and the T Wolves have one in Pekovic. Why would Kahn pretend like their not going to resign him if ultimately they will because you have to. All that does is cause bad blood and is only posturing, much like making D Williams feel uncomfortable and unwanted, even though that seemed to be more of a Adelman move. The difference is when a coach does it, it can always be looked at as a motivational maneuver. Cunningham was player better even looking like a better player, but then he got long two happy and basically became D Will. D Will started getting baskets closer to the baskets and playing more like Cunningham, banging bodies and getting to the line.
Right now .Net has Alex Len and Jeff Withey with there two first rounders this year, one being late as Memphis's pick, which should slide down a spot or two by years end. That would be a dream come true and won't happen with Kahn at the helm. With that they would be young but could replace Pekovic with the Steamer, Len and Withey for a little more than half the at least 12+ million Pek is going to get. Portland owes them one because of there ongoing beef over the years and a Pek-LA combo would be would be great, because Batum and LA provide the only thing Pek is short on with which is length. People forget that Love grabs so many boards because Pek is a bulldozer. Plus Meyers is a few years away.
They need to do whatever they can to keep Adelman around, but like the article said, he may leave regardless, because of his wife's illness. If that's the case and he ends up leaving, I can't really think of potential candidates to replace him, but that's for a later day.
My gut tells me that they'll try hard to keep Pek, but I'm not entirely sure they're comfortable paying him the max (which some team may offer him- he's in his prime and a solid 16-17 and 9 guy, and is a beast up front). If the Wolves cannot keep him, I would like for them to S&T him and our first rounder to Charlotte (they need low-post scoring in the worst way) for Gerald Henderson and their first rounder. That way, we'd get a solid wing, and the opportunity to pick Nerlens Noel, who IMO would be a much better fit with K-Love than Pek, and it could entice Love to stay in the offseason.
Another option would be to S&T Pek to Portland (after last summer's Batum nonsense, you'd better believe Portland will sign him to a max deal out of spite) for Meyers Leonard, Will Barton, and picks/cash to fill the salary gap.
Then, they can resign Bud, Keep AK, go after another wing with the later pick (Crabbe, or KCP maybe?). I'm also wondering what they could get for D-Will. He's been playing very well lately. I'd hate to give up on him at this point, but he just doesn't fit with the fully healthy team, and his value is higher now than it's been in a while. I wonder what wings (SG/SF) would be available as trade partners for Williams?
No reason to get rid of Williams at this point. Love has yet to prove he can actually stay on the floor and Williams just keeps getting better and better.. He could easily be a 16 pt 8 reb or better guy on 30 minutes a night right now.
Huh? I thought Kevin Love has had one freak injury doing knuckle push ups (or from punching something, which is just my own rumor, but in either case something he isn't doing again) which then got hurt again? Does that make him injury prone? Have you ever heard of guys careers ending because of chronic broken hand problems?
And yes, no reason to get rid of Williams. But also once Love gets back, no reason to play the 16 and 8 guy when you can play the 25 and 12 guy. Williams fits nicely with Rubio and might still improve, but he sits on the bench behind Love and AK47 and it isn't a close decision. And won't someone pay him starter money soon enough?
Fingers crossed about Kahn, any thoughts on your new username ??
No idea about the username. Maybe something related to Nikola Pekovic's completely bad@$$ tattoo on his tricep/bicep (the knight standing on a pile of skulls)?
I wish I could use Photoshop well, so my avatar could be Anthony Davis' unibrow placed on James Harden's head, or James Harden's beard on Anthony Davis. I imagine that would be a hilarious image