Porter: From a Hoya to a Wizard
Milt Newton not only isn't going to the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the team never requested permission to interview the Wizards' vice president of player personnel, persons with knowledge of the situation told CSN Washington over the weekend.
Mini-camp began for the Wizards on Monday and summer league play in Las Vegas starts for them on Saturday.
Newton is the head of the scouting the department in Washington where he has spent 10 years.
A report in May indicated that he was a candidate to be hired by Flip Saunders, the Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations who also coached in Minnesota from 1995-2005. Saunders took over after a 31-51 season for David Kahn, who was fired.
As coach of the Wizards, Saunders had a working relationship with Newton from 2009-11 until he was fired.
Newton was in Minneapolis for pre-draft workouts, but also attended workouts in Brooklyn and visited Italy on scouting trips.
Newton had previous stints as a D-League executive, a director with USA Basketball and scout for the Philadelphia 76ers. He was a starter for Larry Brown’s Kansas team that won the national championship in 1988, shooting 6-for-6 in an upset of Oklahoma. He was raised in the D.C. area.
Last month, the Wizards lost director of player personnel Pat Connelly to the Phoenix Suns who named him assistant general manager which may have added to the speculation. But Newton is still under contract with the Wizards, which means a formal request to speak with him was required.