Flip Saunders Returns to the Wolves

Dec. 30, 2011; Milwaukee, USA; Washington Wizards head coach Flip Saunders passes the ball to the referee as his team plays the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. The Bucks defeated the Wizards 102-81. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

The news David Kahn had been removed as President of Basketball Operations had been in the cards for about a week when the Wolves announced Flip Saunders would be returning to the Wolves in the same capacity, but with a twist. He’s a sliver of a minority owner this time around and the ownership teaser that Glen Taylor let fly earlier this week was predictably underwhelming, as it was revealed that the Wolves are off the market and he’d be buying out minority owners.

If none of this seems particularly stimulating, that’s because it’s not. During the press conference, one of the most encouraging — dare I say exciting — news bits was that coach Rick Adelman was on board during the entire process and that Flip and Rick had spoken at length about the type of player (hint: Chase Budinger was mentioned) that works best with Rick’s system. (‘The system’ was mentioned many times.)

Also encouraging: Flip is not Kahn, so this is good news for Kevin Love’s, and possibly Nikola Pekovic’s, future in Minnesota.

Still digesting a plethora of exit interviews Kahn did on his way out. There’s my own teaser.

From the AP news story:

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Thursday that owner Glen Taylor will not pick up the option for next season on Kahn’s contract as president of basketball operations. Three people with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press that Taylor has agreed on a deal to hire Saunders as Kahn’s replacement. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Saunders will be a part-owner of the team.

Saunders coached the Timberwolves from 1995 to 2005, and his reputation in the Twin Cities only grew when the team cratered after his exit.

Kahn spent four seasons leading the Timberwolves. He helped bring point guard Ricky Rubio and Coach Rick Adelman to Minnesota, but his teams were 89-223 and missed the playoffs in all four of his seasons.

Topics: Chase Budinger, David Kahn, Flip Saunders, Glen Taylor, Minnesota Timberwolves

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