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Milt Newton will be Timberwolves’ GM
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On August 29, 2013 @ 4:18 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
Washington Wizards vice president of player personnel Milt Newton has reached a deal to become the Minnesota Timberwolves’ general manager, two people familiar with the move told USA TODAY Sports.
They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly until the news was made official.
Newton has spent the past 10 years with the Wizards and worked closely with former Wizards coach Flip Saunders, now the Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations and minority owner.
Saunders acknowledged that he wanted to interview Newton and Wizards gave Minnesota permission.
Newton has been involved with the NBA in a variety of capacities, including the NBA’s D-League where he was director of player personnel at the league’s start. With the Wizards, Newton is active in draft preparation and salary cap management. He also serves on the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee. Milton’s wife, Shalaun, graduated from Minnetonka (Minn.) High School, in suburban Minneapolis.
Saunders and Newton are charged with helping the Timberwolves reach the playoffs, something they haven’t done since 2003-04 – when Saunders was Minnesota’s coach. The Timberwolves’ eight playoff appearances came under Saunders’ tenure as coach.
With Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic, Alexey Shved and Chase Budinger, the Timberwolves believe they can make a push for a playoff spot this season.
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