Kahn wouldn't comment specifically on the future of any given player, saying now is not the time, but said this summer is a time for all the young players to show how serious they are about their careers, like Kevin Love did last summer.
But he added, "I'm a little patient than most."
He refused to answer where Darko has played his last game and if the team will use its amnesty clause on him and wouldn't shed any light on what he thought Michael Beasley's future with the team is, or isn't. (That bold part really scares me.)
I don't want to say anything in defiance of the League's wishes that we stay quiet on collective bargaining. But I'll echo what the commissioner said at All-Star, there should be a more robust revenue-sharing program out of this agreement. I will say though, that having worked at Indiana for nine years, and now here, there's no question that he difference in broadcast markets has an impact on your revenues. I mean, that's just obvious. New York, L.A., Chicago, the Bay Area, they're in the top ten, and especially those first three, have the opportunity to drive revenues that simply don't exist for the rest of us. TV, radio, cable and even new media now ... ticket prices have always been a way for other markets to keep pace, but that's difficult to have that persist over a long period of time, whether there's an economic downturn or not. [In small markets] you ultimately have fewer consumers and have to keep raising prices to keep up.
There was a small chance that agent Dan Fegan would be able to convince Ricky Rubio (and especially his family) to pay his way out of living in suburban Barcelona to play for very little money in Minnesota. Unfortunately, that small chance evaporated once incoming GM David Kahn decided to select Jonny Flynn with the following pick.
Rubio is for now refusing to attend Minnesota’s press conference, while Kahn continues to swear that he’s excited about the possibility of playing both point guards together. This is an instance that having a coach in the war room really could have helped, as there is really no way that Flynn and Rubio can be considering anything less than the worst defensive backcourt in the NBA, and they really don’t complement each other offensively either.
What’s strange is how surprisingly unaggressive New York was while all this was going on. They really tried hard to move up in the days and weeks leading up to draft night, but decided to take a wait and see approach once it became clear that Rubio would slip to 5. It appears likely that Kahn initially took Rubio with the intent of "auctioning off the pick," in the words of one source close to the situation, but it seems like the market isn’t quite as robust as initially anticipated.
Stephen Curry might not make it to Friday's workout with the Timberwolves, but that wouldn't necessarily preclude them from taking the Davidson point guard in the June 25 NBA draft.
Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn, who earlier said he would be adamant that any player the team is considering with the sixth overall selection come in for a workout, said today that isn't etched in stone.
"I am (adamant)," Kahn said. "But I don't want it to be so adamant that it's some sort of ironclad, pound-the-fist (rule). I think that would be inaccurate. I think it's important that everybody we look at does come in so I don't want to back off of that. But I don't think it's something that is such an ironclad rule that it can't be violated."
Curry has expressed a desire to play for the New York Knicks, who own the eighth selection, and Newsday reported that he would cut off pre-draft workouts this week after fulfilling a previous commitment with the Washington Wizards, who pick fifth.
Kahn said he still hopes to get Curry in for Friday morning's big point-guard workout, noting: "Today's Saturday. Things could change by tomorrow on a lot of things."
If not, though, the Wolves believe they already have enough data on him to make an accurate evaluation.
"I think that in his case, he has such a long body of work because he's been in college for a few years and we saw him (at the draft combine) in Chicago," Kahn said. "We interviewed him in Chicago, so it's not as if we're missing an interview on him. So I would feel in his case that we at least have a lot of information already. It would be more problematic if it were somebody that we didn't know as well."
Regarding the decision on coach Kevin McHale's future, Kahn said they had a good meeting Tuesday night and will meet again next week but otherwise declined to comment.
With three first-round picks, the Wolves figure to be involved in plenty of trade talks before the June 25 draft, but Kahn said there was none of that today.
"I think a lot of my colleagues pulled back," he said. "They realize this is Day 7 for me. Their attitude is they'd love to talk, but they know I'm still getting my proverbial feet wet."
The Timberwolves' new head of basketball operations had his scheduled dinner meeting with Kevin McHale on Tuesday night, but the coach's future with the team remains uncertain.
David Kahn, who was hired Friday, confirmed the meeting but otherwise had no comment.
With Kahn scheduled to leave this morning for a three-day NBA draft combine in Chicago, a decision on McHale likely will have to wait until at least next week.
Just a day after I believed the Wolves had narrowed their search to former Indiana GM David Kahn, Glen Taylor and Rob Moor apparently continue it anew with a candidate who was either interviewed today or soon will be.
I heard it was a candidate from within the Northwest division. The first guy I thought of was Rex Chapman in Denver, who was with the organization for a while about three years ago. But I don’t think it’s him. Might not be from within the division either.
Sorry, but I don’t think it’s Bill Simmons, either.
About the only thing that seems certain is that this will go on through the weekend.
I heard this evening Taylor and Moor are cooling on one candidate the more they learn about him. Sure sounds to me like that could be Kahn, who without a doubt those the owner and team CEO were (are?) very serious about.
Randy Pfund has remained quiet since he called me back Saturday and I haven’t heard that he’s out so I’d say he’s still a possibility.
I’m hearing this morning that the Wolves have offered the job to David Kahn, the former Indiana GM who since leaving the Pacers in 2002 has owned NBA Development League franchises and worked to bring the Expos and major league baseball to Portland. I’m also hearing the only sticking point might be whether his wife will move from Portland to Minny.
Kahn returned a phone call last night only to say he’s not talking and didn’t answer his cell this morning. Called Glen Taylor’s office this morning and was told he’s unlikely to talk to a reporter today (not that he has returned calls for the last few weeks anyway). Called Randy Pfund but didn’t reach him.
Admittedly, I don't know enough about Kahn save for some "you can't print this" goodies (which I can't print), but I felt this was an interesting development, as he's been exclusively involved in the D-League for the past four years.
Lance Blanks, one of the quiet rocks on Danny Ferry's front-office staff in Cleveland, has been frequently mentioned as a candidate for the GM opening in Minnesota. But Blanks, contrary to reports, has not been interviewed by the Wolves, who have still not requested permission from the Cavs to bring him in for a chat.
The Wolves' only known external candidate to take over their basketball operations is Spurs assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey, although plugged-in sources say Wolves owner Glen Taylor has also spoken to former Indiana Pacers executive David Kahn.
Landing Lindsey would be an undeniable coup for the Wolves. With more proven talent on its roster and residence in the Eastern Conference to offset its muddled ownership situation, Atlanta couldn't do so during last season's playoffs when it sought to convince Lindsey to become the latest alumnus from San Antonio's front-office factory -- along with Ferry, Blanks, Portland's Kevin Pritchard and Oklahoma City's Sam Presti -- to leave the staff of Spurs president R.C. Buford.
Kahn's most recent basketball experience took place in the D-League, but he is a longtime favorite of NBA commissioner David Stern, which is presumably how he hooked up with Taylor. This is Taylor's first season as the chairman of the league's Board of Governors, who meet twice annually with Stern, but his sphere of contacts outside the Wolves' organization is said to be very limited.
The Wolves' core young players (primarily Al Jefferson and Kevin Love) want Kevin McHale to stay on as coach, but the theory I'm hearing more and more is that Taylor wants to make an outside hire, whose inevitable desire to hire his own coach -- along with McHale's likely reluctance to work for someone he doesn't know well -- would lead to a coaching change that spares Taylor from having to outright dismiss McHale. Which is something Taylor has resisted for years and clearly doesn't want to do.