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Timberwolves owner Taylor plans to keep Newton as GM for now

NBA All-Star Game 2016

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 14: Owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves Glen Taylor attends the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor says he plans to keep general manager Milt Newton on through the draft and free agency to fully evaluate him.

Taylor has said all year long that he wanted to give Newton and Coach Sam Mitchell the full season before deciding whether to bring them back. Both have been doing their jobs on an interim basis after the death of Flip Saunders in October.

Taylor said Friday he cannot fully evaluate the job that Newton has done until he goes through the process of drafting players and signing free agents. Once that is over, this summer, Taylor will sit down with Newton to make a final decision.