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Kahn out in Minnesota

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/9236287/david-kahn-president-basketbal...

So Kahn is officially out as the GM of Minnesota and Flip is supposed to be taking over. The best rumor right now is that Adelman is looking more likely to return so that would help more than getting out from under Kahn. I only wonder why it took so long for them to get rid of him. This year they really had the best talent but an injury filled year kept them from winning. I'm not sure what Minny sees in Flip to plug him in as the personnel guy but they have a background with him and must have seen something before.

Trade B Roy to someone looking to dump salary when he retires, sign Pekovik and find some wing players including Buddinger who I think would have been a great addition if he didn't get hurt and miss nearly the whole season.


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you know Kahn didn't do that

you know Kahn didn't do that bad. He did bring in a lot of talent with Rubio, Shved, Pekovic, and Derrick Williams. Then of course like every GM he had his flunkers with Wesley Johnson, Johnny Flynn, and trading away Ty Lawson. Then he tried to make up for his mistakes by bringing back AK and B Roy. Like the creator of this post said they had a lot of talent this year, they just had bad luck with injuries. So you can't fault him for that, at least he tried. Overall I wouldn't give him that bad of a rap. But he will always be remembered for selecting two point guards one after the other in 2009. That was a mistake, one that haunted him for the rest of his career. But still, he did a nice job making up for it.

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Yeah...no

http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/59362/you-realize-h...
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You Realize How Badly the T-Wolves Screwed Up the 2009 Draft, Right?
By Bill Simmons on April 23, 2013 5:18 PM ET

NATHANIEL S. BUTLER/NBAE VIA GETTY IMAGES
We interrupt Part 2 of the NBA Trade Value column to explain the travesty known as the 2009 NBA draft. That night, Minnesota drafted two of our top-30 trade value guys (Ricky Rubio with the fifth pick, then Ty Lawson with the 18th pick) and passed up a third top-30 guy (Stephen Curry) to take Jonny Flynn. Trust me, this was just as ridiculous at the time. (Check out my thoughts at 5:10 of the '09 Draft Diary.)

That same night, Minnesota quickly traded Lawson to Denver for a future protected first-round pick that became the immortal Luke Babbitt (2010's 16th pick). What happened to Babbitt? It flipped his rights, along with Ryan Gomes, to Portland for Martell Webster, who had already been gift-wrapped a more-than-generous four-year, $20 million deal.

What happened to Webster? Turned out he was damaged goods — Webster needed two back surgeries to repair a bulging disc (including one before he ever played a T-Wolves game), struggled through two injury-plagued seasons before Minnesota released him, then became the centerpiece of a contentious compensation process that was only recently resolved (terms were not disclosed).

What happened next? The Timberwolves were so pissed about Portland's handling of the Webster debacle, they made an aggressive $46.5 million free-agent play to overpay Nic Batum (Portland matched), only they screwed up and didn't have enough cap room to accommodate their offer after it had already been extended. Whoops! Carving out cap room on the fly, they spent $600,000 to buy out Webster and another $5.1 million to amnesty Darko Milicic, just so they could legally accommodate a Batum offer that, again, Portland matched.

What happened next? Now blessed with extra cap space from two players they never needed to buy out, they signed away retired Blazers star Brandon Roy for $10.4 million over two years, a move that cost Portland its insurance on Roy's old max contract and had Ric Bucher reporting that it "has Portland owner Paul Allen thinking Minnesota is trying to make life difficult for him." In the biggest non-shocker in the history of non-shocking sports moments, Roy's allegedly recovered knees immediately betrayed him; he played five games for Minnesota before hanging it up again.

Hold on, I forgot to mention something — during the 2011 draft, the T-Wolves traded The Guy They Picked Over Steph Curry (Flynn), the rights to Donatas Motiejunas and a future second-round pick to Houston for the rights to Nikola Mirotic, the 38th pick (Chandler Parsons) and a future first-round pick, then sold Parsons back to Houston. From there, they traded Mirotic's rights to Chicago for the rights to Norris Cole and the 43rd pick (Malcolm Lee). Then, they traded Cole's rights to Miami for the 31st pick (Bojan Bogdanovic), a future second-rounder and cash, then traded Bogdanovic to Brooklyn for a future second-rounder.

So if you're scoring at home …

The Timberwolves turned a potential Rubio/Curry/Lawson windfall into just Rubio (who didn't come to Minnesota for two extra years); two years of Flynn (played in Australia last year); backup guard Malcolm Lee; three injury-plagued years and more than $15 million of damaged goods (Webster and Roy); and nearly $6 million of Webster/Milicic buyouts. They also briefly had and lost Motiejunas (a promising rotation guy for Houston), Parsons (no. 48 on the trade value list), Mirotic (Chicago's best prospect overseas) and Cole (a rotation guy for a 66-win team); and they have Memphis's 2013 first-rounder (near the bottom of a dreadful draft) and Brooklyn's 2013 second-rounder to show for their troubles.
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THAT. Plus hiring Rambis, who may actually be the single worst head coach I've ever seen...yeah.

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Oh David Khan. What a bad,

Oh David Khan. What a bad, bad, gm

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Flip knows the T-Wolves

Flip knows the T-Wolves franchise well so would be a good choice to lead their front office and with Coach Adelman they have a hugely experienced duo in place. Kahn made some decent moves but the bad outweighed the good.

We cannot really see where the T-Wolves are until they get Rubio and K-Love in tandem regularly, with those two on form and backed up by Pekovic, I don't think they are really that far off being a decent team again.

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Honestly

Honestly, I'm not enthused about Flip taking over the team. I hate that Glen Taylor has basically only ever had 3 people in charge of the Wolves, this move reeks of picking someone familiar/a friend vs. picking someone with proven basketball acumen to run the team. I hope Flip can prove me wrong. But for real, that octopus that picked the world cup winner could run a basketball team better than KAHHHHHHHHN

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Honestly

Honestly, I'm not enthused about Flip taking over the team. I hate that Glen Taylor has basically only ever had 3 people in charge of the Wolves, this move reeks of picking someone familiar/a friend vs. picking someone with proven basketball acumen to run the team. I hope Flip can prove me wrong. But for real, that octopus that picked the world cup winner could run a basketball team better than KAHHHHHHHHN

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No one suffers fools like

No one suffers fools like Glen Taylor. He doesn't get enough credit as one of worst owners. Kahn always struck me as an assistant gmtype so you could filter his ideas. He should get credit for stealing the Rubio pick from the wizards. His full body of work has way too many misses and he deserves the derision he receives. Flip is not an inspired choice. I don't see him pulling diamonds out of the rough to make the wolves truly dangerous.

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