Timberwolves owner Taylor plans to keep Newton as GM for now

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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.