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Getting Inside Kahn's Head



Much of the analysis to date has been on the list of Top 100 Prospects and the various mock drafts, and rightfully so. But the other side of the equation is what is likely going on inside the heads of the Wolves draft team, especially that of David Kahn.

 

Kahn was hired about one year ago. Now, every executive hired and given "change" authority has a certain honeymoon period in which he can come in and make transformative moves. Kahn did that immediately with the trade with Washington, exchanging Foye, Miller and company for the #6 draft choice and crumbs. He used some of his honeymoon capital on that trade and the subsequent drafting of Flynn and Rubio. Neither of those draft choices have panned out, at least last season and possibly longer.

 

Now, Kahn is good in at least one thing: managing expectations. He has very deliberately kept fan expectations low while providing essentially a four-year glide path to become a playoff team, coincidentally, matching the duration of Kahn's contract.

 

Still, Kahn knows this summer will determine the duration of his tenure with the Wolves. He knows that just as he knows that his honeymoon capital has dwindled due to another horrid season, the substandard first season for Jonny Flynn, and the deferred plan on #6 Ricky Rubio (while Curry and others make considerable contributions).

 

You will notice that Kahn is now feeling the heat. This is evidenced by the very publicly announced involvement of Coach Rambis as his "partner" in making personnel decisions and the recent hiring of the alleged personnel expert from the Pistons. They will now share the blame or the credit for this summer's decisions -- no longer holding Kahn primarily accountable.

 

With all this stated, the risk meter for Kahn is very low. Whereas he was able to play riverboat gambler last summer, this summer is completely different. As a consequence, Kahn is not going to okay a draft of DMC in my opinion. Had he been faced with the same decision last year, perhaps he would have picked DMC. He will be very conservative in placing bets on what he construes as sure things. I also don't think he will trade Al Jefferson or Kevin Love because they are crowd favorites and represent the only solid position (PF) on the Wolves roster.

 

What do you think is going on in Kahn's noggin? Do you agree or disagree with my conclusions?

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