According to NBA.com, Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn has been fired.
But here’s the twist…
Flip Saunders will likely replace him.
Woah, woah, woah. Hold the phone. You’re telling me that the man who was looking to become the Golden Gophers head coach after flunking out of Washington a few years ago is now going to be running the roster?! Is this really any better than what Kahn did while in control?
I already highlighted what Bill Simmons had to say about Kahn’s tenure in Minnesota. And perhaps it was my piece (At least I’d like to think so) that caught Glen Taylor’s eye and swayed his decision that seemed to already be made just a few weeks ago. I can’t blame Taylor for considering picking up Kahn’s option. On paper, the Wolves have a good team, without a doubt, a potential bottom four playoff squad — That would likely get ousted in the first round but that’s another matter. And some of Kahn’s moves in the moment looked sly and all-around exciting. Now that we’re in the middle of playoffs, you can now bet on NBA Playoffs, odds are already available at Top Bet.
But when you break down the tape, Kahn is a historically awful drafter and completely botched his relationship with the team’s best player, Kevin Love. His job was essentially taken over when he brought in Rick Adelman to do double duties, which was perhaps his worst move in the end because it proved that Kahn was replaceable over the last two seasons.
Moving forward, though, I can’t help but be a little worried about the Flip Saunders hiring. What does Adelman and Saunders’ chemistry look like? Or could this very well mean the ending of Adelman’s era as well? He has struggled with deciding on whether or not to stay as head coach since his wife started having complications with her health. Kahn’s departure would tell me that Adelman may be more inclined to stay, but his predecessor, Saunders, takes that inkling right away. Taylor’s plan may be to appoint Flip, let him choose a new coach with this sound roster in place, and then sell the team in 2-3 years. I can only hope that that’s not the case but if it’s Adelman’s decision to leave on his own for the welfare of his family, than that’s pretty hard to argue over.
Only time will tell exactly what’s going to come of this report. But we can all officially celebrate. So raise your glass and sing it with me, “THIS ONE’S TO JONNY FLYNN!”