Report: Flip Saunders Set To Replace David Kahn As T'Wolves President Of Basketball Ops
Former NBA coach and current ESPN analyst Flip Saunders is "expected to return" as the T'Wolves President of Basketball Operations, a move that would "end David Kahn's controversial tenure after four seasons," according to Steve Aschburner of NBA.com. Sources said that Saunders' contract could run through the '17-18 season and could be worth more than $9M "over the full five years." T'Wolves Owner Glen Taylor and Saunders have been "meeting in recent weeks, with Taylor confirming a report in March that Saunders was representing a group of prospective buyers interested in purchasing the franchise." Taylor has been "seeking a minority investor or investors who eventually could take over majority control of the club" (NBA.com, 4/26). In Minneapolis, Jerry Zgoda wrote given Aschburner's "history with Flip, Taylor and the Wolves for more than a decade" as beat writer for the Star Tribune, and "given NBA.com's obvious ties to the league, no reason to believe it's not true." Especially "when such specifics" as a five-year, $9M contract are mentioned. The report of Kahn's impending departure "follows speculation that has been out there for more than a month, or all the way back to last summer" (STARTRIBUNE.com, 4/26). However, if Kahn's departure "is imminent, it is news to him" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/27). Kahn in a text message wrote, "Glen and I have an understanding that we will meet at an appropriate time to discuss my contractual status, but only after we have clarification on Coach [Rick] Adelman's status and Glen has all the information he needs" (STARTRIBUNE.com, 4/26).
ADDITION BY SUBTRACTION? In St. Paul, Bob Sansevere wrote under the header, "For Timberwolves, Getting Rid Of David Kahn Is A Start." Hiring Saunders would be a "good move if only to get rid of Kahn." Saunders "offers a lot more." All you "really need to know about Kahn" is that the T'Wolves have "lost 134 more games than they've won with him in charge" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/27). CBSSPORTS.com's Zach Harper wrote the hiring of Saunders will be "looked at as a weight being lifted off the shoulders of the Wolves' organization" (CBSSPORTS.com, 4/26).