Another trip to the lottery should be nothing new for Minnesota Timberwolves fans. The team hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2003-04 season, a year that saw championship dreams (and Kevin Garnett’s MVP legacy) shot to bits when Sam Cassell suffered a debilitating hamstring injury in the Western Conference finals. This year’s trip to the lottery will be the franchise’s ninth straight, all presided over by owner Glen Taylor, with the last four playoff misses coming under the personnel hand of GM David Kahn.
Kahn may have put together a lower-rung seed on paper this season, even with Ricky Rubio due to miss the season’s first few months after suffering an ACL tear in March of 2012, but the lost season from All-Star Kevin Love (18 games played, 35 percent shooting) destroyed any chance Minnesota had at making the postseason they made home at between 1997 and 2004. As a result, little is guaranteed during the upcoming offseason, with Kahn’s contract set to expire in late May (the team has an option for 2013-14), Nikola Pekovic expected to explore pricey restricted free agency, and Rick Adelman potentially walking away from the game to care for his ailing wife.
Taylor is more than aware of the potential turnover. And in an interview with the Minnesota Star-Tribune’s Sid Hartman, he shrugged the shoulders:
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“David and I have been working just to try and get through this year,” Taylor said. “I want to get through the year and stuff like that. He is under contract right now to be the general manager. We’ll look at everything going ahead here in the next month.”