Minnesota granted permission to interview Clippers GM Michael Winger for president position
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been granted permission to meet with Los Angeles Clippers general manager Michael Winger in the franchise’s search for a President of Basketball Operations, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has targeted a short list of potential candidates to oversee the Timberwolves operations. Winger is reportedly emerging as a top candidate.
Minnesota owner Glen Taylor has targeted a short list of potential candidates to oversee the Timberwolves operations — with Winger emerging among them, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/TE5wWFvRLK
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 16, 2019
Winger became the Clippers general manager in August of 2017. He had been an assistant general manager for the Oklahoma City Thunder before that and also worked for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Timberwolves fired Tom Thibodeau as head coach and president in January. Ryan Saunders took over as head coach. Minnesota went 17-25 under Saunders and missed the playoffs.
The Timberwolves only have one All-Star on the roster in Karl-Anthony Towns. Former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins has All-Star potential, but he has failed to live up to the hype.
Derrick Rose was Minnesota’s second-leading scorer this season. The Chicago native is an unrestricted free agent this summer and could look to sign with a contender. Veteran point guard Jeff Teague, meanwhile, has already opted into his 2019-20 contract.
Whoever takes over to run the Timberwolves will have their work cut out for them. This is a franchise which has only made the playoffs once since 2004. The 2018-19 season was a chaotic one for Minnesota. The organization was never able to rebound from the Jimmy Butler trade drama.