Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Timberwolves will not exercise the team's one-year contract option for David Kahn to return as president of basketball operations, and CBSSports.com reports that Flip Saunders is in line to take his place.
"We want to thank David for all of his efforts the past four years with our basketball team," said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. "These are always difficult decisions, but at this time, we believe it is in the best interest of our organization to make a change. We wish David all the best in the future."
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports the move is in advance of Minnesota bringing in Saunders as Kahn's replacement, a decision that has been widely rumored over the past few weeks.
Saunders has spent 16 years as a head coach in the NBA, most recently in a three-year stint with the Washington Wizards. He spent 10 years with Minnesota, coaching that team from 1995-2005, making the playoffs in eight of those 10 seasons.
The Timberwolves announced late Thursday evening that the new president of basketball operations would be formally introduced at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.