David Kahn's reign as general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves is about to end, according to a report by Steve Aschburner of NBA.com. Minnesota will decline Kahn's 2013-14 team option and hire former head coach Flip Saunders to become the next president of basketball operations.
Saunders will reportedly join the team on a five-year contract, with option years, that could be worth up to $9 million. Saunders coached the Timberwolves for more than nine full seasons and led the franchise to eight straight playoff berths while amassing an impressive 411-326 record with the franchise. His last last stint as an NBA head coach ended when the Washington Wizards fired him after a 2-15 start to the 2011-12 season, and this season he has worked at ESPN as a studio analyst.
Minnesota owner Glen Taylor has been in talks with a group of investors interested in purchasing the franchise, and Saunders was involved in those talks. Now it appears he is primed to take a lead role in determining the construction of the roster.