Milt Newton Rumors

Timberwolves brass has two choices when the final roster spots are filled before opening night, decisions that, barring a trade or free-agent signing, will force Flip Saunders and Rick Adelman to decide between veteran savvy and rookie potential. If it is life experiences they want, fifth-year guard A.J. Price has them and maybe then some. Price was invited to training camp partly because of his connection with new Wolves General Manager Milt Newton from the season they spent together in Washington a year ago, partly because of three seasons with the Pacers and one with the Wizards. And partly because of two transformational years in college when he went two seasons without basketball because of complicated brain surgery and his own decisions. At age 27, he is trying to stay in the NBA with an opportunity he admits was the only real one that didn’t involve playing overseas. He is competing with fellow veteran Othyus Jeffers and rookies Lorenzo Brown and Robbie Hummel for the team’s final two jobs because of what Adelman calls his professionalism and Price himself attributes to life’s lessons learned.
Before Flip Saunders decided to pluck him from Washington, Minnesota Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton had come closest to running his own team in 2005, when he was finalist for a job in Cleveland that eventually went to Danny Ferry. Newton would interview for a handful of other opportunities, but as he got passed over, his chances of ever breaking free seemed to diminish as the Wizards fell further into irrelevance. But during his introductory press conference with the Timberwolves on Tuesday, Newton said that he always remained optimistic that he would eventually fulfill a dream he set while in graduate school at Kansas nearly 22 years ago. “I never wavered,” Newton said. “I had faith in God and I always had faith that it would happen, but it had to be the right opportunity. And this is the right opportunity coming to Minnesota where my wife [Shalaun] is from, she can spend time with her family, so this is the perfect fit for me.”
Even after spending 10 seasons with the Wizards, most recently as vice president of player personnel, Milt Newton said leaving wasn’t a difficult decision. He was anxious to come to a situation where he had greater influence in the decision-making process and more authority to put some of his fingerprints on the organization. “My role will change in that, along with Flip, I’ll have an overall effect on the organization,” Newton said. “In Washington I was mostly in the personnel aspect of the organization. This is a very much more expanded role and I look forward to the task at hand.”
More than a week after the news leaked, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Friday that former Wizards vice president of player personnel Milt Newton has been hired as general manager. Newton will work closely with Timberwolves president of basketball operations and former Wizards coach Flip Saunders, who will continue to have final say on basketball-related decisions but felt the need to have an experienced executive to maintain organizational structure. “I have followed Milt closely during his career and have always been impressed with his basketball knowledge, work ethic and professionalism,” Saunders said in a statement released by the team. “His front-office experience in the NBA, as well as his ability to combine analytics evaluation with his basketball playing and scouting background will greatly benefit our organization.”