David Kahn Rumors
Minnesota started that night five year ago with the No. 2 pick, the No. 20 pick and a $4 million problem. Kahn intended to fire then-coach Kurt Rambis, but he hadn’t and let him twist in the wind for months. Rambis was owed about $4 million on his contract and, based on conversations with other executives, it seems that Kahn was under a de facto mandate he had to raise that money to pay off Rambis before firing him. For the record, Kahn strongly denied this was the case. But many competitors who were doing business with him did not believe him.
Any indication what David Kahn has been up to recently? Jerry Zgoda: I think he’s still living in Portland and wants to get back into the NBA. He had been doing some teaching at NYU and writing for Bloomberg, I believe.
The real problems, though, were much the same as during Garnett’s stay: historically poor management decisions, not enough help on the court and something of an intractable, country-club culture undercutting any player’s or players’ intensity or urgency. Love chafed at the Wolves’ losing, at four head coaches in six years and at former GM David Kahn’s frequently expressed view that Love really wasn’t a franchise player.
David Kahn, the former Timberwolves president of basketball operations who neglected to give Kevin Love the five-year contract he sought in 2012 — allowing the three-time all-star to opt out of his current deal after next season and force a trade to Cleveland — has been spotted around town in Portland, Ore.
Taylor and David Kahn, then president of basketball operations, decided in January 2012 to offer Love a four-year contract extension rather than the five-year maximum “designated player” deal that Love wanted. To convince him to sign, they offered the option of becoming an unrestricted free agent after three years. Taylor was asked if he now considers that decision a big mistake. He paused before answering. “Let’s wait one more year to answer that question,” Taylor said. “I think it’s a good question to ask at this point because Kevin has played as well as we hoped, and maybe even better. To have him tied up long probably would be better than not, but we still have one more year and we’ll see. My hope is it doesn’t make any difference, that Kevin can get the money one way or another and we’re in position to do that.”
Another former NBA general manager rumored to be the “face” of another group is David Kahn. He was the president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves before being relieved of his duties last May. A call to Kahn wasn’t returned. Kahn once attempted to bring the Montreal Expos to Portland before the Major League baseball team opted to relocate to Washington.