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Timberwolves lay off “10 to 12” employees

Jul 19, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

Timberwolves Kahn Basketball AP

More depressing lockout news, from Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune:

Three weeks into the lockout,#Timberwolves have laid off 10 to 12 employees on the operation’s business side, a league source tells me.

Sigh. Please let this lockout end soon.

  1. sknut - Jul 19, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    They should be laying off one employee and that is Kahn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In all serious though this is depressing and just a shame that innocent bystanders are involved and I hope this gets worked out soon before more people lose their jobs.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 19, 2011 at 9:37 PM

      Like I have mentioned oogles of times on here, the roster Kahn has now is significantly better than when he took over.

      It’s called life, thousads of people are laid off every day at various jobs. If a company isn’t bring in any money, it needs to downsize. Let’s hope these 10-12 people will get rehired once this lockout comes to an end. I guarantee you the Timberwolves will not be the only team laying people off. As soon as we get to November, many more teams will be doing the same thing. NFL teams have done the same during their lockout, which looks like will be resolved a quicker than the NBA one will be.

      • Justin - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:25 AM

        Not to mention Glen Taylor is as cheap as they come

      • sknut - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM

        Look I won’t argue that he (Kahn) hasn’t upgraded the roster he has, but he missed with Flynn could have had Curry instead. My issue with Kahn isn’t so much his moves but more so in how he deals with the media and specifically how he dealt with Rambis. And in his defense alot of this has to do with Taylor being too cheap to step up and fire him right away. This coaching hire is Kahn’s last chance, and I hope he hits a home run with it.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 20, 2011 at 1:11 PM

        Your 100% correct that he missed with Flynn. Heign sight is 20/20. As for Taylor he looks to be cheap, but right now he is losing upper teens to low 20s of millions a year. He did spend well over the cap when Garnett was around. As long as the Wolves are a contender (please be soon) Taylor will spend.

        As far as the Rambis situation, that was very poorly handles. But we don’t know the whole story. My guess is that Taylor told Kahn he couldn’t buy out Rambis until he had the money. Which would explain why Kahn/Wolves traded down 4 times on draft day, receiving cash in each trade. About the equilivant of Rambis’ buyout. I could easily see Taylor trying to avoid having to pay for 2 coaches during a lockout when the team isn’t drawing any fans at all during a lockout.

  2. lefthooktv - Jul 19, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    If the lockout never ends, EA Sports is prepared:

  3. lucky5934 - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    So which is it: 10 employees, 11 or 12? Even an inept basketball operations can’t even decide how many people they are letting go? I consider those 10 employees fortunate to be associated with that franchise anymore.

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