Flip Saunders could replace David Kahn as Timberwolves GM, according to report

Rob Carr

Former Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders could return to the team, this time in the front office.

If the Minnesota Timberwolves fire president of basketball operations David Kahn, former Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders could replace him.

The Timberwolves, struggling with a myriad of injuries this season, are 20-36 and headed for the lottery again. Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that if owner Glen Taylor decides to cut ties with Kahn after the season, Saunders would be a natural replacement. Saunders has been working as a consultant to Taylor this season, according to Hartman.

"Unless Saunders is offered a coaching job that would pay him a lot more money than he would get being the Wolves' president of basketball operations, I think it's a strong possibility that Saunders will replace Kahn before next season," Hartman writes. "Taylor mentioned some time ago that he considers Saunders a better judge of personnel than he is a coach. And the personnel situation with the Wolves the past two years has been a disaster."

Saunders was fired as coach of the Washington Wizards after starting the 2011-12 season with a 2-15 record. He coached the Timberwolves for 10 seasons and spent three seasons coaching the Detroit Pistons.

Hartman also reports that, despite being under contract, Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman might not return. Adelman has missed time this season to tend to his wife, who has had health problems.

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