Although Flip Saunders will be heading up the Timberwolves' basketball operations for the forseeable future, Saunders will only assume the role of team president, not general manager. As such, he's looking to hire a new GM in Minnesota, and according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein (via Twitter), Saunders is eyeing two candidates with whom he has worked in the past: Pelicans assistant GM Tim Connelly and Wizards VP of player personnel Milt Newton. Newton was first identified as a potential GM candidate last week by ESPN 1500's Darren Wolfson (via Twitter).
We heard last week that Saunders was seeking out a general manager, with a hire potentially not happening until after next month's draft. The team's new GM would figure to have input on basketball decisions, with Saunders retaining the final say. Having been in Washington with Connelly and Newton, Saunders presumably feels comfortable working with both executives.
As the draft and free agency approach, the Timberwolves will be facing a number of key decisions this summer, including how to use their four draft picks and what to do with restricted free agent big man Nikola Pekovic.