Posted May 08, 2013 on AP on Fox
Flip Saunders has started the restructuring expected when he took over as Minnesota Timberwolves president last week. Saunders fired international scouting coordinator Pete Philo, regional scout Curtis Crawford and Will Conroy on Tuesday. The moves were made as Saunders clears room to get a staff together for next month's draft. Philo was instrumental in ushering in a new focus on foreign players. He helped land point guard Ricky Rubio, guard Alexey Shved and put the Timberwolves at the forefront of that growing trend. He also played a key role on draft night. Crawford is a close friend of Brandon Roy's and was moved into a scouting position after he did not make the team last training camp.

Saunders Fires Five Members Of Timberwolves Scouting Department

Flip Saunders fired five members of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ scouting department. Saunders fired international scouting director Pete Philo, regional scouts J.T. Prada, Curtis Crawford and Steve Gordon and special-assignment scout Will Conroy. Philo was instrumental in the Timberwolves’ efforts to land Ricky Rubio.

Sources: Rubio's Camp Disappointed In Wolves' Dismissal Of Kahn

The Minnesota Timberwolves replaced David Kahn as chief decision-maker with Flip Saunders. The belief is that Kevin Love's relationship with the organization will improve with a regime change, but sources say Ricky Rubio's camp is disappointed with Kahn's dismissal. Kahn drafted Rubio fifth overall knowing that he likely would not come to the NBA immediately.

Timberwolves may go after O.J. Mayo

The Minnesota Timberwolves are interested in O.J. Mayo Newly appointed President of Basketball Operations, Flip Saunders is looking to pair Ricky Rubio up with true shooting guard to form a dynamic backcourt. Unlike former general manager, David Kahn, Saunders apparently doesn’t believe in stacking the roster with point guards. With Mayo at the 2-spot, he can open up the court...
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