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NBA Roundup: Kahn ousted as Timberwolves president

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Minnesota Timberwolves team president of basketball operations David Kahn is out after the team didn't renew his contract.

He's expected to be replaced with former Wolves coach Flip Saunders, team and league sources told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Thursday.

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor chose not to pick up an option on Kahn's contract. Kahn replaced Kevin McHale in May 2009.

"We want to thank David for all of his efforts the past four years with our basketball team," Taylor said in a statement. "These are always difficult decisions, but at this time, we believe it is in the best interest of our organization to make a change."

--LeBron James will contribute a $1 million donation to St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, to pay for a complete renovation of the school's gymnasium.

James won three Ohio High School Athletic Association championships, and the private, co-ed, Catholic institution built in 1972 has seven boys basketball state titles, pre-dating the merger of St. Vincent and St. Mary.

James, 28, was born and raised in Akron.

--Stan Van Gundy has emerged as the Milwaukee Bucks' top target for its next head coach, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

A day after head coach Jim Boylan was fired in the wake of a sweep by the Miami Heat, the Bucks are looking at the former Orlando Magic coach.

Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson also is near the top of the wish list, sources told Yahoo! Sports, which also listed Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford and Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone as candidates.

--Utah Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek will interview for the Philadelphia 76ers' vacant head coaching position this week and also could be a candidate in Phoenix.

Hornacek played for both franchises during a 14-year NBA career that included three years with the 76ers (1992-94).

Doug Collins, who remains with the 76ers in a front-office role, opted not to return after three seasons with the team.

The 76ers (34-48) finished a disappointing 2012-13 season by missing the postseason for the first time under the 62-year-old Collins' watch.

--New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson was none too happy with his players wearing all black on Wednesday night before Game 5 of their Eastern Conference playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

"I'm a little upset about that and I've addressed that," Woodson said Thursday. "Things like that have just got to be, just kept outside the game and just concentrate on playing basketball."

The Celtics won in New York to stay alive and force Game 6 on Friday night in Boston. The Knicks still lead the series 3-2.
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