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New Timberwolves regime will not retain Newton, Kander

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) New Minnesota Timberwolves GM Scott Layden has announced sweeping changes to the team’s front office and coaching staffs, starting with the departures of former GM Milt Newton and vice president of sports performance Arnie Kander.

Layden announced the changes Friday night, a few weeks after he and coach Tom Thibodeau were hired to take over the team’s coaching and front office. Vice president of basketball operations Rob Babcock, assistant coach Sidney Lowe and scouts Milt Barnes and Jason Hervey were among the others let go.

Newton worked closely with the late Flip Saunders to reshape the team’s roster and bring in the young talent that has generated so much optimism. And Kander was brought in by Saunders to reshape the team’s medical staff. He played a big role in the Timberwolves’ improved health last season.