A few months ago we reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor was leaning towards replacing president of basketball of operations David Kahn with former coach coach Flip Saunders, well that day has come.
According to NBA.com, after firing Kahn, the Timberwolves installed Flip Saunders as the president of basketball operations with the added responsibility of being a minority owner.
“We are thrilled to have Flip back with the Timberwolves organization,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said. “Flip is one of the more experienced and creative minds in basketball. He knows what it takes to win in the NBA and we are confident that he will do what is necessary to lead us to a return to our best days as an organization.”
Saunders coached the Timberwolves from 1995/96 – 2004/05 and led them to the playoffs eight consecutive seasons with an appearance in the Western Conference Finals in 2003/04. Saunders said he was glad to be back and that the ultimate goal is to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
“I’m excited to be back with the Timberwolves and want to thank Glen Taylor for this opportunity,” Saunders said. “My goal is to help the Wolves achieve the success that we experienced during my first tenure with this organization. We have a strong nucleus in place and will look to add assets that will allow us to make the playoffs and eventually compete for an NBA championship.”
It seems like the new trend is for NBA coaches to take up positions in the front office. I think the success Pat Riley has had in Miami has made that gig look increasingly attractive.