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Timberwolves bringing back GM David Kahn for another year

Mar 9, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT


We are going to have David Kahn to kick around for another year.

Minnesota owner Glen Taylor told the Pioneer Press the team plans to bring David Kahn back next season. Kahn is in the final year of his deal but the team has two one-year options and they are picking one up.

“I like David; I’m happy with him,” Taylor said.

Taylor said he and Kahn will firm up the option at season’s end. The Wolves (21-19), who play host to the Los Angeles Lakers tonight, are tied with Kevin McHale’s Houston Rockets for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

It’s weird to type this but here goes — Kahn deserves to be back.

His Ricky Rubio gambit has paid off in droves, Kevin Love has evolved into a star and by brining in Rick Adelman as coach this is suddenly a team that has to be respected in the West. They may well reach the playoffs this season.

It doesn’t excuse the many odd choices that made Kahn a joke around the league — hello Jonny Flynn — but he has built the foundation of a good team and he deserves the chance to make it grow.

  1. nyasdad14 - Mar 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Well said. I definitely thought he had no idea what he was doing but l guess there was some method to his madness.

  2. rooney24 - Mar 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Well, to be fair, Love acquired in a draft day trade by McHale prior to Kahn joining the Wolves. Love’s improvement has more to do with Love working hard, and to a lesser degree Adelman’s fine coaching this season.

    But, one thing that isn’t noticed often is that Kahn did a LOT of work, making a lot of trades to rid the Wolves of a BUNCH of horrible contracts. That did get them in position to have the room to sign Love to an extension.

    • getadealdonealready - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      I completely agree, and think it is the right thing to do to bring him back one more year. The only thing I keep thinking is what if we drafted a quality 2 guard with either the flynn or johnson picks, this team would be scary good!

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      I’d argue Adeleman has more influence this year on Love than Rambis did last year. At least Adeleman doesn’t sit Love late in the 4th quarter in a close game. Love would not be in the MVP discussions without Adeleman.

    • youallrfools - Mar 9, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      Not only did he open up space to sign Love, but also freed up a significant amount going into free agency next year. Let B-Easy’s contract expire and there should be more than enough money to bring up a damaged Eric Gordon since he seems to not want to re-sign in dirty New Orleans…

  3. acdc363 - Mar 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    I could almost see a 2nd consecutive western conference upset like we did last year with the Spurs and Grizzlies. The Timberwolves just continue to impress me this season.

  4. Justin - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    I think this years success speaks more of how great Adelman is and not as much about Kahn. I think he has done a fair job and is worth extending. He also brought in Ridnour and traded Luke Babbit (who?) for Martel Webster. Both are becoming key role players. Also as much as he gets ripped for the Darko move we do have to face the fact that Darko was pretty key in a handful of our victories over the Clippers. So yeah worth picking up his option I suppose.

    Also, if any Timberwolves fans missed the Rubio NBA commercial I got it here

  5. rgledz - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Okay, I give the guy some credit, but let’s be honest……..McHale traded for Love, Kahn had nothing to do with that. The Flynn pick is compounded by the fact that they could have drafted Steph Curry……do they need a 2 that can make shots anywhere/anytime……yes. He’s a bit of a head case, but it would have been worth the risk to take Cousins instead of Wes Johnson too. Throw him out there with Love, Rubio, Curry and Williams…….my God, let’s play! In short, let’s temper our praise of Mr. Kahn.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      he did have to choose between Love and Al Jefferson…

    • rgledz - Mar 9, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      How can people give my comment the thumbs down? What did I say that’s not true?? Would you people not rather have Steph Curry instead of the nothing we have for Flynn?? Would you not like a dominant 7 footer like Cousins rather than a 2 guard that can’t shoot like Wes Johnson?? Be realistic folks, I give the guy some credit, but there’s been a ton of errors….hiring Rambis not withstanding.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:25 PM

        I’m sure Portland would rather have drafted Michael Jordan over Sam Bowie. You can’t go back and say if they would have drafted player A instead of B. you would be ripping Kahn if he had drafted Curry instead of Flynn, and Curry was a bust and Flynn was a perinnual all-star.

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM


  7. cosmicatomic - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Kevin Love has carried this team to where it is (and he was a McHale holdover). The Wolves have frail depth compared to the other teams they are competing with for a playoff spot (Nuggets, Blazers, etc).

    The roster still sucks. Adelman has to start Luke Ridnour at shooting guard because there is simply nobody else. Two of the three best players on the team were acquired by McHale (Love and Pekovic). Adelman does a masterful job of riding the hot hands of this patchwork roster.

    Kahn is an intelligent businessman and is a very hard worker, but I don’t think he’s a very good basketball mind. Not saying he doesn’t deserve to be back, but I’m not necessarily sure if he deserves much praise.

    • youallrfools - Mar 9, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Blazers, really? The same team that was DOMINATED by the Wolves twice in the last week?

      It really did require caps.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      Sure this isn’t the greatest roster in NBA history, but google the roster Kahn had before he took over. McHale left him more garbage than what he has now. Not to mention no first round draft pick that McHale traded for Marco Jarcic. He only good thing about Jarcic is his way hot wife that even he out kicked his coverage.

  8. kirschmania - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Love was a Mchale move. Kahn draft Flynn, hired a coach that didnt want to play love and drafted Johnson over Cousins. Fail!

  9. Josh - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Funny how you try to discredit Kahn by talking about “this years success speaks more of how great Adelman is and not as much about Kahn.” Answer me this question, who hired Adelman?

    National and local pundits laughed when they heard Kahn was trying to get Rick Adelman, saying there was NO WAY Adelman would come to Minnesota. Well he did, and thats because Kahn had the patience to extend the coaching search until August/September when Adelman was ready to commit.

  10. worldwargbp - Mar 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    David Kahn was a better GM the night of the Flynn pick than you are as a columnist daily. It was nice to be able to actually gramatically understand this column however.

  11. theonlysaneblazerfan - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM


  12. barnsey021 - Mar 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    @ rgledz

    I agree with you, but hindsight is always 20 20… And who cares if u get a thumbs down

  13. chiadam - Mar 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    I’m tempted to make a “now he can draft another five point guards” joke, but the Wolves are actually pretty good. He does deserve to be back. And now he can draft another five point guards.

  14. kirschmania - Mar 9, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Johnson’s been actually pretty solid lately. Jury might still be out.

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