After the new owners of the Minnesota Timberwolves purchased the team, they made a list of multiple prominent candidates they wanted to take over as the team’s president of basketball operations.
Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez put together a list of five POBOs to target shortly after purchasing the Timberwolves, sources say.
Originally Pat Riley was on that list. These are the most recent five names, sources say:
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Pat Riley has been at the helm of the Miami Heat since the 1990s and is at an age where he isn’t likely to take on a new challenge with the Timberwolves.
Bob Myers has been a central force in constructing the Golden State Warriors, who won three NBA titles and reached the Finals in five consecutive seasons.
Daryl Morey made a name for himself running the Houston Rockets and has since moved on to the Philadelphia 76ers. While he’s yet to lead his team to an NBA title, he’s still gained accolades for his work.
Sam Presti is currently in the midst of a rebuilding effort with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Under his leadership, the Thunder have amassed a huge number of future first-round picks that should aid that rebuilding effort in the years ahead.
Finally, Masai Ujiri was the architect of the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 championship squad. He took over a franchise that had struggled in the past and eventually played a key role in helping dethrone Myers’ Warriors.
The Timberwolves have never really made much of an impact in their history, with just one conference finals appearance to their credit.
Those struggles could be a thing of the past if this season’s effort is any indication. The underdog Timberwolves gave the Memphis Grizzlies a good fight before falling in six games in the playoffs.
That potentially bright future could entice one of the above candidates to take a closer look.