T-Wolves: Glen Taylor bringing back David Kahn for at least one more season
In the midst of the Wolves' resurgent season, Glen Taylor decided to pick up an option in Kahn's contract.
A year ago, the David Kahn Era had gone so negative that ESPN's Bill Simmons successfully turned Kahn's last name into a punchline.
Now, Kahn is laughing all the way to the bank. The PiPress' Charley Walters reports that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor plans to bring Kahn back for at least one more season.
Said Taylor: "I like David; I'm happy with him."
Kahn, 50, is currently in the last year of his original three-year deal contract. That contract includes two team options for years four and five, so Taylor in effect announced that he's picking up Kahn's option for the 2012-13 season.
Kahn's selection of Johnn Flynn in '09 may stand the test of time as the worst draft pick in franchise history.
Kahn's tenure as general manager got off to a very rocky start during the 2009 draft. The Wolves had the fifth and sixth overall picks, and most pundits predicted they'd take Stephen Curry with one of their selections. But Kahn surprisingly opted for Ricky Rubio and undersized point guard Johnny Flynn. More than two years later, the Rubio pick is finally paying dividends; Flynn, meanwhile, has been a bust since entering the league and is currently sitting at the end of Kevin McHale's bench in Houston.
Flynn over Curry isn't the only bad move on Kahn's resume -- he also selected Wes Johnson over promising-but-troubled big-man DeMarcus Cousins during the 2010 draft and traded star forward Al Jefferson for what amounted to a box of rocks that same offseason. Oh yeah, he also selected Kurt Rambis as the Wolves first post-McHale head coach -- a move that turned out about as well as the Hindenburg's last flight over New Jersey.
That string of questionable moves, combined with Kahn's alleged smugness and two God-awful seasons on the court in 2009-10 and 2010-11, inspired Bill Simmons to turn Kahn's name into a punchline and had many Wolves fans calling for a front-office overhaul heading into last summer.
But Taylor stuck with him for the last year of his contract, and Kahn certainly deserves some credit for the Wolves' surprising 21-19 record heading into tonight's tilt against the Lakers. For instance, after the 2009-10 season, it was clear that the frontcourt combination of Kevin Love and Big Al was too defensively flammable to work, so one of them had to go. Kahn wisely chose to keep K-Love, now a two-time All-Star, while Big Al remains an offensively gifted but defensively challenged player in Utah.
Kahn also had the guts to draft Rubio at a time when some national pundits argued he'd would never play for small-market Minnesota, acquired Michael Beasley from the Heat for next to nothing, and somehow landed Rick Adelman as coach last offseason (it should be noted, however, that some respected basketball writers believe Glen Taylor was directly responsible for Adelman coming to Minnesota, not Kahn).
So while there are still many who question Kahn's personnel-management acumen, the Wolves' resurgent season has apparently motivated Taylor to give him the benefit of the doubt for at least one more year.
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