Saturday, September 7, 2013

Newton takes post as Timberwolves’ GM


— The Minnesota Timberwolves hired former Washington Wizards executive Milt Newton as general manager Friday, with new president of basketball operations Flip Saunders tapping a familiar face to help him reshape the franchise’s front office.

Newton, who played college basketball at Kansas University and was a member of KU’s 1988 national championship team, spent the previous 10 years with the Wizards, most recently serving as vice president of player personnel. He worked closely with Saunders when Saunders was the head coach for the Wizards, and quickly became a prime candidate to make the move to Minnesota when Saunders took over this summer for the fired David Kahn.

“I have followed Milt closely during his career and have always been impressed with his basketball knowledge, work ethic and professionalism,” Saunders said in a statement issued by the team. “His front-office experience in the NBA, as well as his ability to combine analytics evaluation with his basketball playing and scouting background will greatly benefit our organization.”

Saunders will continue to have final say on all organizational issues with the Wolves. But Newton will help with scouting, salary cap management, trade talks and other personnel issues.


Roy Scherff 7 years, 1 month ago

Congratulations Milt. Love those winning ways when you played at KU and you are still doing it.

carolinajay 7 years, 1 month ago

Since I'm getting old and my memory slips wasn't Milt the one that did the under the basket windmill dunk or layup in the national championship game?

jayhawkinnc 7 years, 1 month ago

he did the "wrap around" reverse layup early in the first half in the '88 national title game. A great call by Brent Musburger that April night. fast paced as that first half was......there were only 2 dunks the whole game, both in the first half. one by Danny and one by Stacey King.

jayhawkinnc 7 years, 1 month ago

Milt was also 6 for 6 from the field in that game: 2 for 2 on 3's and 4 for 4 from 2 point range.

Byron Porter 7 years, 1 month ago

Didn't he have a breakaway dunk at AFH where he was called for a 'charge' only because he didn't fully jump over the defender? I'm thinking it was a game against Nebraska...

7 years, 1 month ago

I remember that incredible play and horrible call. I believe it occurred in our game at Notre Dame though.

mikehawk 7 years, 1 month ago

Are you kidding me? Isn't that two NBA GM's off of the 88 Championship Team? Not bad. It says a lot about their coaching and how they learned to handle themselves on and off of the court. Take notice young men.

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