The reasons why remain unknown, though there's simmering consternation that owner Glen Taylor is providing less than full rein for the prospective personnel boss. Taylor/Kevin McHale buddies/disciples Jim Stack and Fred Hoiberg remain in Timberwolf employ, and there's a rumor Taylor may be requesting the new boss to keep them on in meaningful front office roles.
But that issue is not giving pause to former Heat general manager Randy Pfund, who resigned last summer to make way for Pat Riley.
Pfund's story in itself is interesting -- he didn't cite family or personal health upon resigning his role with Miami. He plainly said he wanted to seek new opportunities in the NBA. It just so happened that Riley became tired of coaching (again) and planned a return to the front office. Odd coincidence, that, just a few years after the Stan Van Gundy championship coup.
But Pfund didn't sniff a top job in 2008 (at least not a reported opening), and this summer has been slim as well. In fact, Pfund is now chasing the only current GM opening ... this instead of being chased. Don Seeholzer of the St. Paul Pioneer Press quotes Pfund openly lobbying for Minnesota's vacated GM position.
"I am looking to get back to work," the former Miami Heat general manager said. "I would say there are several opportunities out there, the Wolves' position being one, that intrigue me."Pfund could be a name involved in that nebulous Knicks sub-Walsh job, or perhaps the Clippers will bring him in to help Mike Dunleavy. There's only one head coaching vacancy (Sacramento), and Pfund doesn't fit the stated qualifications, so you've got think that budding interest in the league is for an assistant position. Maybe I'm understating the magnitude of Pfund's Basketball Jones, but you don't see a co-architect of a champion, a guy who drafted Dwyane Wade, step in as an assistant coach too often.
Pfund, who was an assistant and head coach with the Los Angeles Lakers before going to Miami, wouldn't identify those opportunities, except to say they include the front-office and coaching fronts.
If the real problem in Minnesota is internal tinkering -- well, two decades of working with Riley will have prepared Pfund well.