Just three weeks ago, our very own Jon Krawczynski made major headlines when he reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves would be opening a nationwide search for a new President of Basketball Operations. After relieving Tom Thibodeau of his duties earlier in the season, the Wolves were left without a lead decision maker, which is arguably the most important position for a professional basketball franchise.
Since then, Glen Taylor (along with the much-needed assistance of Ethan Casson) have narrowed down their list of potential candidates to Calvin Booth (Denver Nuggets), Gersson Rosas (Houston Rockets), Trajan Langdon (Brooklyn Nets), and Chauncey Billups (ESPN). Our very own Mike O’Hagan wrote a superb piece last week breaking down what we know about each of these candidates and how they could impact the Wolves going forward.
While Booth, Rosas, and Langdon have all made their official pitch to fill the position vacated by Thibs since he was ousted, the only remaining interview left on Glen’s Outlook calendar was with the former Wolves PG Chauncey Billups. Well, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, that meeting will finally take place on Monday:
Chauncey Billups will be Minnesota’s final interview on Monday in search for a new President of Basketball Operations, league sources tell ESPN. Denver’s Calvin Booth, Brooklyn’s Trajan Langdon and Houston’s Gersson Rosas have already met with team officials.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 29, 2019
There’s not much to decipher here, and for many of us who have been following this process closely, this isn’t necessarily breaking news. We knew the first three candidates had interviewed earlier in the process, so all that was left was for Billups to give his presentation before Glen (and Casson) deliberate on the next steps.
Regardless, it is nice to know that this process is nearing the finish line (at least I hope) and that news on who the Wolves will choose to sit on their frozen throne is drawing near. The next major date on the NBA calendar (for teams no longer fighting for the Larry O’Brien trophy) is May 14 — the night of the NBA Lottery. While there’s no assurance that Glen will have made up his mind by then, I would imagine we will know within the next couple of days whether or not 1-2 candidates are called back in for a second interview, or if GlEthan TaSson will have seen/heard enough to make their ultimate decision.
For fans of the team, this just means a few more days of anxiously waiting for the inevitable #WojBomb that could ultimately decide the fate of the franchise for years to come. With no lead dog in the race (at least not publicly), it could come down to whichever candidate can successfully take (and make) the big shot.