By Jerry Zgoda
Former Miami GM Randy Pfund this morning said he has told Wolves CEO Rob Moor to take his name out of the running for the vacant VP/GM position because he is moving on to pursue other NBA opportunities.
“I don’t think it’s the right situation for me right now in Minnesota,” he said. “I obviously had a couple conversations and an interview there and at this point I think I’m moving on from that situation. There are some other things out there that intrigue me and some things out there that may intrigue me and I’m going to turn my efforts into exploring those things.”
Pfund always seemed like something of a longshot to take the job because of the salary he’d command and the requirements he’d want, but the question now is that, five months into this search and with just four days left before the draft lottery and about six weeks before the draft, does anybody want to take this job?
Portland assistant GM Tom Penn is the last known candidate to interview, but he has a good job with a rising team and I imagine, even in this economy, Paul Allen pays him pretty well, so he could be a hard get. He’s also in a pretty good bargaining position right about now.
After that, of the original list of known candidates, that leaves former Indiana GM David Kahn and internal candidates Fred Hoiberg and Jim Stack. San Antonio assistant GM Dennis Lindsey withdrew his name a couple of weeks ago.
UPDATE: The Wolves just had Kevin Love on a conference call to promote his trip next week to New York City, where he will represent the team at Tuesday night’s draft lottery. Here’s what he had to say on a number of topics…
On the delay in naming a new GM and deciding who will coach next season: “I keep hearing, just talking to McHale and Stack and Hoiberg off and on, that it’s kind of just up in the air. They’ve narrowed it down. It’s a little weird not knowing who we turn to next year to make decisions. There have been a lot of firsts for me this past year, whether it’s a coaching change, players getting traded. This is definitely a first for me. I’m not used to that.”
When asked if he has ever won anything by chance: “Not that I can remember. All the Timberwolves media people have been trying to get me to bring a lucky charm. It didn’t work for Hoiberg last year, so I’ll try to figure something else out.”
On whether from his discussions with McHale whether he thinks he’ll come back to coach: “I’m not really sure. Seems to me he’s still up in the air on it, still a big question mark. I hope he comes back. If there’s anything I can say or Bigi Al can say…I think the consensus is everybody likes him and would love to play for him again.”
On what he has been doing in Los Angeles the last month: “I took 2 1/2-3 weeks off. Now I’m doing some yoga, strength training, shooting a lot of jump shots. Get that 15 to 20 footer down. I’m shooting 500 to 600 a day. I’ve got a lot of time on my hands.”
On lottery pick wild-card Brandon Jennings, with whom he played AAU ball, and what kind of NBA player he will become: “It’s tough to say. He shows flashes of brilliance. He’s very skinny, very frail. With his quickness and the fact he’s left-handed and unorthodox and makes spectacular plays, I have more than enough confidence he’s going to be a great player. His (lack of) size will be a factor against strong guards.”