HoopsHype David Kahn rumors


May 2, 2013 Updates

David Kahn is out as president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Flip Saunders is coming in. Three people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that team owner Glen Taylor has decided not to pick up the option for next season on Kahn's contract. Taylor is also putting the finishing touches on a deal to hire Saunders as Kahn's replacement. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. Oklahoman

“It’s a non issue” was the initial comment of Wolves’ GM David Kahn, whom we asked if now after the disclosure of the 34 year old center’s sexual identity, he would think twice to offer him a contract. “Νo I would not. Look, I have a 21 year old daughter and her generation doesn’t get affected by these issues. World is a place that happily accepts these issues of sexuality. Overtime it will be less and less discussed”. -But do you think that this disclosure may create a negative aura in the locker room of the team, that will sign Collins; “No I don’t”. EuroHoops.net

April 30, 2013 Updates

President of basketball operations David Kahn is scouting in Europe, according to Taylor. Asked if it was OK to make a leap on Kahn's future based on him continuing to work, Taylor said no. When pressed if the NBA.com report about Flip Saunders taking over Kahn's duties was accurate, all Taylor would say is that no decision has been made yet. But in the same breath, Taylor said a decision would come by the end of the month. 1500 ESPN

April 27, 2013 Updates
April 26, 2013 Updates

David Kahn just sent me a text after I called him seeking comment on today's NBA.com report that Glen Taylor is negotiating a five-year deal with Flip Saunders to replace Kahn as president of basketball operations. This is what the text said: "First, I wake up every day knowing it's a privilege to have this job, and not a right. Speculation about our jobs is part of this business, especially when you strip the emotion out of it. Speculation is especially understandable now, as we have a deep and talented team, with several cornerstone players, and will be poised for big success once it regains its health. "Glen and I have an understanding that we will meet at an appropriate time to discuss my contractual status, but only after we have clarification on Coach Adelman's status and Glen has all the information he needs. It is no different than when we make decisions on players who have options. We wait for the process to unfold. In the meantime, Glen and I have been having conversations about the staff, free agency and other plans. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The move, which could become official as soon as next week, would end David Kahn‘s controversial tenure after four seasons and an 89-223 record during which the Timberwolves’ failure to reach the playoffs stretched to nine consecutive seasons. Kahn’s contract includes a team option for 2013-14 that will not be exercised. NBA.com

April 19, 2013 Updates

Kahn's contract expires at the conclusion of the NBA Finals in June, wrapping up four losing seasons with the Wolves. The team went 31-51 this season. Kahn said he's "under the impression" he will be back for a fifth season, but Wolves owner Glen Taylor told the Pioneer Press last week that he "hasn't come to the time to make a decision" on Kahn. St. Paul Pioneer Press

April 18, 2013 Updates
April 15, 2013 Updates

Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said he reached the conclusion in late January that Brandon Roy, struggling to recover from surgery on his right knee, would not play again this season. Nearly three months later, another conclusion has been reached regarding Roy's future with the team: "You should assume he will not be playing with us next season," Kahn said. St. Paul Pioneer Press

When asked if Roy had reached a point where he knew he wouldn't play again, Kahn said, "He had several moments that were very hard for him this year ... not just one." Roy, who turns 29 in July, has not played since the first half of a Nov 9 game against Indiana. He was experiencing soreness in his right knee at halftime and did not return for the second half. St. Paul Pioneer Press

April 14, 2013 Updates

Taylor speaks regularly with former Wolves coach Flip Saunders, partly because Saunders has been involved with a group (or groups) trying to buy the team. Their relationship has led to media and Internet speculation that Saunders will be the team’s next general manager — particularly after Saunders didn’t reach a deal to coach the Gophers recently — if Taylor doesn’t retain David Kahn. “I don’t want to tell you I don’t talk to Flip because I do talk to Flip,” Taylor said. “We just talk, on his thoughts on different players and stuff like that. But I haven’t talked to him about us.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Kahn said he believes he’ll return for a June draft in which the team has two first-round picks and for next season. “Glen and I talk all the time,” Kahn said. “My sense is that we’ll be working on this for a while.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

April 12, 2013 Updates

PP: David Kahn's contract expires this summer. Have you thought much about whether you want to retain him as the team's president of basketball operations? GT: I haven't come to the time to make a decision on that. Let's finish the season first. I want to find out about my coach first. I don't have a time frame to address David's situation. He and I have been talking about the draft and other things as we go into the offseason. At some point, I know I need to make a decision. St. Paul Pioneer Press

Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn told local writer Britt Robson a while ago that he wasn't saving his 5-year contract offer for point guard Ricky Rubio. That he would get the same opportunity as forward Kevin Love (four years, with a player option after the third year). Well, Rubio's camp has never heard a word about that. In fact, the belief is he'll get a five-year offer when eligible starting in the summer 2014. That would be after three years of service. 1500 ESPN

March 31, 2013 Updates

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