Timberwolves reportedly set to bring back Flip Saunders, jettison David KAAAHN! reports that Flip is set to take Kahn's job. reports that Flip is set to take Kahn's job.

The David KAAAAHN! era is over. Somewhere, Bill Simmons is weeping.

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The man reportedly set to replace Kahn as Timberwolves president of basketball operations is a familiar face -- former T-Wolves coach Flip Saunders.


Saunders, 58, has been negotiating a contract that, with option years, could run through the 2017-18 season and could be worth more than $9 million over the full five years, according to league sources who requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the hiring.

The move, which could become official as soon as next week, would end David Kahn's controversial tenure after four seasons and an 89-223 record during which the Timberwolves' failure to reach the playoffs stretched to nine consecutive seasons. Kahn's contract includes a team option for 2013-14 that will not be exercised.

Minnesota owner Glen Taylor and Saunders had been meeting in recent weeks, with Taylor confirming a report in March that Saunders was representing a group of prospective buyers interested in purchasing the franchise. Taylor, who turned 72 last week, has been seeking a minority investor or investors who eventually could take over majority control of the club.

Just last month, Saunders was offered and turned down the University of Minnesota men's basketball coach job. Meanwhile, Kahn will be remembered for the horrible Johnny Flynn and Wes Johnson draft picks, characterizing uber-bust Darko Milicic as "manna from heaven," and putting together one of the whitest rosters in NBA history.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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