Flip Saunders is expected to replace David Kahn as the Minnesota Timberwolves’ head of basketball operations.

Saunders has been negotiating a deal that could run through the 2017-18 season, according to sources who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the hiring.

The hiring of Saunders would end Kahn’s tenure as general manager of the Timberwolves.

Kahn’s deal includes a team option for 2013-14 that will not be exercised.