Cross Michael Winger’s name off the list of potential candidates to become president of basketball operations of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Los Angeles Clippers general manager told the Timberwolves he will remain with the Clippers, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
Clippers GM Michael Winger informed the Wolves that he intends to stay with the LA Clippers to continue the work he has done with Lawrence Frank, Doc Rivers, Jerry West, Steve Ballmer, and the rest of the Clippers organization, league sources tell @TheAthleticMIN
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) April 21, 2019
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Timberwolves had been granted permission to speak Winger. Before he was hired by the Clippers as their general manager in 2017, Winger worked in the Thunder’s front office as an assistant GM under Sam Presti after serving as legal counsel and salary-cap advisor for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Wolves also reached out to Houston Rockets vice president Gersson Rosas, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Rosas, it seems, has been a candidate for nearly all of the league’s executive openings, but remains part of the Rockets’ front office.
At any rate, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is looking for a head basketball man to replace Tom Thibodeau, fired during the season. Per several reports, the new hire will have the authority to decide whether to keep current Wolves GM Scott Layden and/or coach Ryan Saunders.
Minnesota finished 36-46 in failing to make the playoffs.
— Sam Amico contributed to this report