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Updated: September 6th, 2013 3:11pm
Timberwolves officially name Milt Newton as general manager

Timberwolves officially name Milt Newton as general manager

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Timberwolves officially announced the addition of Milt Newton as the team's general manager on Friday after initial reports surfaced a week ago.

"We are pleased to add Milt Newton to our organization," Wolves president of basketball operation Flip Saunders said in a statement. "I have followed Milt closely during his career and have always been impressed with his basketball knowledge, work ethic and professionalism. His front office experience in the NBA, as well as his ability to combine analytics evaluation with his basketball playing and scouting background will greatly benefit our organization."

Newton had been with the Washington Wizards for the last 10 seasons, serving most recently as the vice president of player personnel. Saunders and Newton last worked together when Saunders spent nearly three years as head coach of the Wizards (2009-12).

As 1500 ESPN.com's Darren Wolfson reported last week, Saunders will still have final say in all personnel decisions, but Newton and recently promoted vice president of personnel Rob Babcock will play integral roles.

"Milt possesses an extraordinary skill set that is a great fit for the Timberwolves organization," NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement. "His exceptional work ethic and basketball acumen played a large role in the launch and success of the NBA Development League. I am extremely pleased for Milt and the Timberwolves who will no doubt benefit from the tremendous experience he brings to their front office."

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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