Kurt Rambis in town for pre-draft workouts, still unsure on future
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Embattled coach Kurt Rambis was again back in Minneapolis Thursday as the Minnesota Timberwolves hosted potential top-three NBA Draft picks Enes Kanter and Derrick Williams in a pair of pre-draft workouts.
More than two months have passed since the conclusion of the Wolves' 17-win season in mid-April, and president of basketball operations David Kahn is yet to give any hint if Rambis' job is safe.
Thursday's workout added another chapter to the already dysfunctional relationship between Rambis and Kahn. With team owner Glen Taylor watching on, Rambis and Kahn sat on opposite sides of the gym and saying nothing to each other in passing.
This was Rambis' second time back in the Twin Cities in the last few weeks. He has remained open about his situation, putting the pressure on the Wolves to make a move. In an impromptu meeting with reporters two weeks ago, he stated his future with the team is "out of my control," adding that he has had only "minimal" conversations with Kahn in the last two months.
While they weren't talking to each other or the media on Thursday, Kahn and Rambis did get a glimpse at Williams, who is widely projected to be the Wolves' No. 2 pick. Measuring in at 6-foot-8 and 241 pounds, Williams is a hybrid forward out of Arizona, equipped with the ability to play at the three or four.
"He's very talented and very skilled," assistant general manager Tony Ronzone said. "What impressed me today was his hands. We did some live half-court one-on-one, and man, he has big time hands. He shakes guys off and moves left and right well."
The Wolves plan to hold several more group workouts in the next few days before the June 23 draft, but Ronzone said the players who will be in attendance are mostly "sleeper guys' on the Wolves' prospects list.
Kanter worked out during the morning session, along with Colorado's Alec Burks and Providence's Marshon Brooks.