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Timberwolves owner says he hasn’t decided if GM Kahn will be back

Apr 15, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT


We have taken our fair share of shots at Timberwolves’ GM David Kahn over the years, and he made some bad gambles this year (Brandon Roy), but the disappointment of this season in Minnesota is not on him — injuries to Ricky Rubio (miss half of season after ACL), Kevin Love (broke his hand twice) and pretty much everyone else on the roster did this team in.

Kahn’s status is still up in the air. He may well not be back with the Timberwolves next season.

Minnesota owner Glen Taylor said as much speaking with the Star-Tribune.

Taylor must decide whether to bring back Kahn next season by picking up the final option year on his contract. Kahn drafted, wooed and ultimately brought star point guard Ricky Rubio to Minnesota, and he patiently pursued Adelman as coach for months. He also has swung and missed on a lengthy list of draft picks, including lottery choices Jonny Flynn and Wes Johnson, as well as failed experiments with gifted underachievers Michael Beasley, Darko Milicic and Anthony Randolph.

By this time last year, Taylor already had long before decided to pick up Kahn’s fourth-year option. With two games now remaining, he said he remains undecided on Kahn’s future and has no timetable once the season ends to do so.

Part of this could be tied to reports that Taylor had found a minority ownership group that would come in and slowly take over the franchise for him (keeping it in Minnesota) — a group fronted by former coach Flip Saunders, who wants a front office role.

The biggest concern in Minnesota is the future plans of coach Rick Adelman, who is considering walking away from the game to be with his ill wife. He would be very hard to replace.

But after that there is what kind of deal to strike with restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic, how much to offer unrestricted free agent Chase Budinger, will Andrei Kirilenko pick up his $10.2 million option for next season. Adelman says the off-season priority needs to be to get a real two guard (what they hoped Brandon Roy might be, but that gamble didn’t work). And there’s more. Like the two first-round picks Minnesota has in this draft.

There will be a lot on the GM’s plate. Whoever it is. But this could be a turbulent summer for a team that seems poised to be a lot better next season.

  1. dadeyemi - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Randolph was drafted by Golden State and was sent to MIN as filler to make the Carmelo trade work

    • tuberippin - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Did it say somewhere that Anthony Randolph was a Minnesota draft pick? The sentence that mentions him also mentions Darko, and he was obviously not a Timberwolves pick.

  2. melkipershero - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Why would you bring him back? He alienated K Love and has a sketchy draft history

    • slowclyde86 - Apr 15, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      If by “sketchy”, you mean one of the worst draft records of all time this side of Ted Stepien—then I agree with every word you wrote.

  3. stephenolszewski - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Not a big fan of him but he has a talented team just can’t stay healthy

  4. nickrice9 - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    You quoting a Sid Hartman column for your information is about all I need to know about your writing skills. He is old and senile. Taylor has already said that Kahn is coming back next year. He deserves to because he has built a rockstar roster for 2013-14.

  5. cantonbound13 - Apr 15, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Randolph & Beasley would be co captains on the all time lazy team.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      Who’s the C, PG and SG?

  6. albertmn - Apr 15, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Taylor needs to figure out the ownership situation first and have a clear line of who will take over. If not, they won’t be able to land any big names for GM or coach (if Adelman leaves) because who would want to come into a possible lame duck situation?

    Kahn has made some mistakes, although I think he isn’t as bad as most think he is. The team had enough talent to compete this year for at least a playoff spot if they hadn’t had so many injuries, especially to Love. Too many guys thrust into starting spots where they were exposed instead of as reserves where they could be valuable. They do need a 2 guard and have a lot of other decisions to make (Pek, Budinger, Barea, Ridnour, the draft, etc.) this offseason though, so I hope if a change is made that it is made soon.

  7. 00maltliquor - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Kahn’s manna from Heaven…

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