Rob Babcock Rumors
When Rob Babcock was fired, if he know that losing Vince Carter was either a certainty, or a likely possibility, why on earth did he pass on drafting Andre Iguodala? I recall in the wake of passing on Iguodala, the reason given was that the Raptors had Vince Carter. But if Babcock knew that we might lose Carter, this reason vanishes! Thanks, Eli A: Rob had only been on the job a few weeks and hadn’t been involved in any pre-draft workouts – and Vince’s desire to leave was not obvious on draft night – and Rob took the advice of people like Jack McCloskey, who thought Araujo was the best choice.
Washington Wizards Vice President of player personnel, Milt Newton, will join the Timberwolves as the team’s general manager, according to a team source. Newton will be heavily involved in pro scouting. The Wolves also plan on elevating Rob Babcock to a vice president of personnel position.
Heard again this week: the Wolves will announce a front office promotion for Rob Babcock. He’s expected to have vice president status.
Darren Wolfson: Also heard again today something buried in the Scoops two weeks ago: Rob Babcock is getting a front office promotion. #Twolves
Sources confirm to 1500ESPN.com that, in addition to taking over the front office, former coach Flip Saunders will invest approximately $8 million in the Wolves. Saunders remains close with Wolves’ director of operations, Rob Babcock, who’s expected to stay on. Look for Saunders to hire his son, Ryan, from Washington.
”We don’t have too many names yet confirmed, but we’re in the process of doing so,” Kahn said. ”A lot of the players still all believe they’re in the lottery. So we’ve got 35 players who all think they’re going to be lottery picks and they’re a little bit hesitant to come and work out at 18. But those things sort themselves out.”