David Kahn. Fired. Contract not renewed. Officially done.
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that the team has declined to exercise the one-year option in David Kahn’s contract for the 2013-14 NBA season, and as a result, he will not return as President of Basketball Operations. Kahn was originally hired by the Timberwolves on May 22, 2009.
“We want to thank David for all of his efforts the past four years with our basketball team,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “These are always difficult decisions, but at this time, we believe it is in the best interest of our organization to make a change. We wish David all the best in the future.”
And from the AP:
Kahn spent four seasons leading the Timberwolves. He helped bring point guard Ricky Rubio and coach Rick Adelman to Minnesota, but his teams went 89-223 and missed the playoffs in all four of his seasons.
“It’s always the owner’s prerogative,” Kahn told The AP in a phone conversation on Thursday afternoon. “I don’t think it’s appropriate to say whether it’s fair or not. I’m very grateful for the opportunity that Glen gave me.”
Just the facts here. The writing has been on the wall for some time and there are rumors that Flip Saunders could be announced as new President of Basketball Operations as early as tomorrow. What should be joyous news for Timberwolves fans is turned tepid by cronyism and the country club mentality that is the hallmark of Glen Taylor’s ownership of the Timberwolves.