Former Timberwolves GM David Kahn believes Nikola Pekovic is "probably aiming for a double-digit salary" as a restricted free agent during the offseason.
It's what we expected to hear, but Pekovic's free agency has the potential to turn into a monster headache for the team. The Wolves aren't good enough as currently constructed, but they can't really afford to lose Pekovic without a suitable replacement. A desperate team will throw Pekovic a multi-year offer at something like $10-12 million per season, a figure that may be difficult for Minnesota to match when looking at all of the holes on the roster. It's rare a team lets a restricted free agent leave, especially someone as critical as Pekovic is to Minnesota.
Former Timberwolves GM David Kahn said "you just had to do it" when asked about drafting Derrick Williams second overall in 2011.
Many were calling for Williams to actually go first ahead of Kyrie Irving, and that would have been a monumental disaster for Cleveland. Players drafted after Williams include Jonas Valanciunas, Tristan Thompson, Brandon Knight, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Vucevic, Iman Shumpert, Tobias Harris and Kenneth Faried. "You just had to do it, even though we were deep at that position. In time, I think it will prove to be the right pick," Kahn said.
According to ex-GM David Kahn, he had to convince Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor that Kevin Love was worth a maximum contract.
If true, it's a seriously large statement and a potential reflection of why Love has said what he has about the organization in the past. "We handled it the best way we can, and of course I handled it per instructions from the owner," Kahn said. "Glen and I talked about it at length. I think it actually took me some time to tell Glen it was imperative he receive max money." Kahn also revealed that Love really wanted the five-year deal instead of the four-year deal he settled for instead. Love can opt out of his contract in 2015.
Former Timberwolves GM David Kahn thinks he left the team "highly well positioned."
"I think it's a team that's a force to be reckoned with the next seven to 10 years," Kahn said. While making the playoffs would be a good start before making statements like that, we'd expect Kahn to toot his own horn as he builds his resume to look for his next opportunity.
Flip Saunders has officially signed on to be the President of Basketball Operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Additionally, Saunders will get an ownership stake in the team, but it's not clear how big that will be. Saunders replaces an inept David Kahn, and although Kahn will be defended for the "position" he's leaving the team in, he made numerous questionable decisions during his tenure and the writing was on the wall for some time.
Updating a previous post, the Timberwolves confirmed Thursday that David Kahn will not return as president of basketball operations.
The Wolves declined to exercise a one-year option in Kahn's contract and will likely replace him with former coach Flip Saunders. Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press reported earlier Thursday that Saunders' deal is expected to be finalized by Friday, returning him to the franchise he coached from 1995-2005. It remains to be seen what will happen with current coach Rick Adelman, although reports of him returning in 2013-14 have been optimistic. Stay tuned.
David Kahn's fate is expected to be officially decided when he returns from scouting in Europe.
Kahn likely doesn't even want to return because he knows he'll get the axe, and at least his final days on the job involve traveling through Europe. In all sincerity, it is expected Kahn will be relieved of his duties sooner rather than later with Flip Saunders replacing him.