Flip Saunders Officially Replaces David Kahn as Minnesota Timberwolves Personnel Chief
The Minnesota Timberwolves transition from the David Kahn era with a familiar face in Flip Saunders, who was officially named president of basketball operations for the franchise while receiving a minority ownership stake. According to Brian Windhorst, sources told ESPN that as part-owner along with Glen Taylor, they will take the T-Wolves off the market.
In the process, Minnesota bid adieu to their former president of basketball operations in Kahn.
“We want to thank David for all of his efforts the past four years with our basketball team,” Taylor’s statement read. “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.”
Perhaps no one will find this more comical than Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons, whose column over the years had a running gag about the stumbling and bumbling of Kahn and the ire of Timberwolves fans, often invoking the Star Trek line where William Shatner screams “KHAN!” from “The Wrath of Kahn.” No reaction from Simmons’ Twitter account at the time of this article’s publishing.
Among curious choices by Kahn were spending two top-10 picks in the same draft at the same position despite various needs on the team, taking both Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn in 2009. Rubio would postpone entering the NBA from Spain and Flynn would soon be playing in Australia. Kahn’s tenure saw the franchise go 89-223.
Saunders brings more pleasant memories for Minnesota fans, having coached the Timberwolves from 1995-2006. This included the Kevin Garnett era and a trip to the Western Conference finals.