Jan 16, 2012; Washington , DC, USA; Washington Wizards head coach Flip Saunders reacts during the first half against the Houston Rockets at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves to replace David Kahn with Flip Saunders

Early in March it was rumored that Flip Saunders could replace Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn.

That’s exactly what is about to happen.

Steve Aschburner of NBA.com broke the news Friday morning:

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.

It was somewhat surprising when Saunders reportedly turned down an opportunity to coach the Minnesota Gophers late in March. It is possible that Saunders turned down the “U” in order to accept this job with the Timberwolves.

Saunders had quietly been serving as a consultant for team owner Glen Taylor on the basketball team during the 2012 season, according Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune.

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