T’wolves hire Chapman as draft consultant
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired
former NBA player Rex Chapman as a consultant for the NBA Draft, which takes
place Tuesday night in New York.
The latest move, though, could be a precursor to the team naming Chapman
general manager. Current GM Jim Stack, whose one-year contract expires on
Thursday, has been trying to work out an extension with vice president of
basketball operations Kevin McHale.
“My No. 1 priority is to get Jim signed to an extension,” McHale told the St.
Paul Pioneer Press. “I like Jim. I want to keep him on board.”
McHale also denied a report on Monday that Chapman was joining the team as
“He’s here as a consultant,” McHale added. “He’s not the new general manager,”
If Chapman, who served as director of basketball operations for the Phoenix
Suns and enjoyed 12 years in the NBA, is indeed kept full-time, he could have
a lot of influence with new head coach Dwane Casey, who was an assistant with
Kentucky while Chapman starred in the 1980s.
Chapman, who was a big reason Steve Nash landed in Phoenix last summer, will
evaluate prospects and assist McHale, who is in search of an impact player
that can contribute immediately.
Minnesota ended the 2004-05 season with a 44-38 record and failed to qualify
for the postseason for the first time since 1996. That effort landed the
Timberwolves the 14th overall pick in Tuesday’s draft.