Players are eligible for 35 percent supermax deals when they have between 7-9 years of NBA experience and meet one of the following criteria: Made an All-NBA team in the most recent season or each of the two seasons prior to being extension eligible. Were named Defensive Player of the Year in the most recent season or each of the two seasons prior to being extension eligible.
The Timberwolves were 15 months from their first training camp as an NBA expansion team when Billy McKinney was their first basketball hire in July 1988 as director of player personnel. Then, on Aug. 28, Bill Musselman was hired as head coach. He would share personnel decisions with McKinney, and CEO Bob Stein would represent ownership in such discussions.
I don’t know if Tim Connelly is technically a “top-5” executive, or how you’d even go about putting a list like that together. What I do know is that the Wolves went out and got their guy, and for once, “their guy” wasn’t just the shiny toy. When I originally saw that Lore and Rodriguez wanted to hire a top executive, that was my worry.