They say the new guy always wants to bring in his own guys... Well, Flip Saunders started to do that today. He fired five scouts -- international scouting director/player personnel Pete Philo, regional scouts J.T. Prada, Curtis Crawford and Steve Gordon as well as special-assignment scout Will Conroy -- today in his first full week on the job as president of basketball operations. All four either had contracts expiring thissummer and were working without contracts. It looks like scouts with years remaining on their contracts -- Milt Barnes, Derek Pierce -- will remain. How Flip re-makes that front office with just seven weeks left before a draft in which the Wolves will have two first-round picks and two second-rounders, well, we'll see. The general manager's job is open as now is most of the scouting staff. Flip said at his introductory press conference last week that he intends to re-work the scouting system, going away from the regional-scouting system that predecessor David Kahn set up. Philo had been with the team the longest -- eight seasons -- and his knowledge in international scouting helped reshape the Wolves roster into one that's now filled with players and prospects from Europe and South America. He ran the annual pre-draft EuroCamp for years -- and he had a young player named Alexey Shved there for three straight years. The Wolves, of course, last summer signed Shved to a three-year contract..
Flip shuffles front office, fires five scouts today
Minneapolis Star Tribune | May 9