The David Kahn era is finally over in Minnesota
T-Wolves fans are rejoicing that the guy who compared Darko Milicic to Chris Webber and whiffed on pretty much every first round pick he had is gone while executives around the league are disappointed that they might actually have to make fair trades with Minnesota now.
Here's a look at some of the highlights from Kahn's mysterious tenure as Timberwolves GM:
He was hired following the 2008-09 season and immediately made his mark on the team during the '09 draft. He picked two point guards in a row at number 5 and 6 in Ricky Rubio and Johnny Flynn.
I'll give Kahn a little credit here; he was able to trade Mike Miller and Randy Foye, two solid role players, to Washington for the pick that became Rubio the day before the draft.
But then he continued his one-man run on point guards by picking another one, Ty Lawson, at number 18. Lawson, who is clearly the best of the bunch in hindsight, was shipped to Denver for a future first round pick that became Luke Babbitt. I think it's safe to say that makes up for the credit he deserves for the Rubio for Miller and Foye trade.
In 2010, things got weird. In February, Kahn traded Brian Cardinal to the Knicks for Darko Milicic and cash. He must have thought he was so sneaky when, a month later, he brought Cardinal back as a free agent. So essentially the team made money and got a player for free, but somehow got worse with the trade.
Following his trade for Darko and their acquisition of Michael "potential" Beasley, Kahn made his worst move yet. He shipped Al Jefferson to Utah in exchange for Kosta Koufos and two first round picks that eventually became Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones (who eventually was traded for Chase Budinger).
His explanation was: "With Kevin Love and Michael Beasley on the team, there wouldn't have been enough playing time for everybody to showcase Al (Jefferson)."
Right, because teams with multiple talented big men never do well in the NBA.
In February 2011, Kahn showed that he was a selfless facilitator when the T-wolves were the third team in the Carmelo Anthony trade. They received a 2015 second round pick, Eddie Curry, and Anthony Randolph while sending Koufos to Denver and Corey Brewer to the Knicks.
A few months later, Kahn made a wise(ish) move. He finally recognized, or at least appeared to recognize, that his previous moves may not have been so brilliant and he traded Flynn and and the draft rights to Motiejunas to Houston for a future 1st round pick, Brad Miller, and Chandler Parsons. He then shipped Parsons right back for cash.