New Timberwolves boss Flip Saunders went to work Wednesday, reshaping his front office by firing five scouts when he wasn’t holding all-day meetings with coach Rick Adelman. Saunders fired scouts who were working without a contract or whose contract was due to expire this summer and retained scouts who have years remaining on their contracts. Gone are international scouting director Pete Philo, regional scouts J.T. Prada, Curtis Crawford and Steve Gordon and special-assignment scout Will Conroy. Regional scouts Milt Barnes, who briefly was an assistant coach alongside Saunders with the Gophers in the mid-1980s, and Derek Pierce will remain.
Steve Gordon Rumors
It turns out there was more to the Brandon Roy package than his dear friend, point guard Will Conroy. A league source said longtime Seattle-based NBA consultant Steve “Hat Man” Gordon is now on the Minnesota Timberwolves’ payroll as a scout. He has worked out Roy and Conroy for years.