David Kahn is out as Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations.

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor opted not to pick up the option for next season on Kahn's contract.

''We want to thank David for all of his efforts the past four years with our basketball team,'' Taylor said in a statement issued by the team. ''These are always difficult decisions, but at this time, we believe it is in the best interest of our organization to make a change. We wish David all the best in the future.''

Flip Saunders will be named the Timberwolves’ next president of basketball operations, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.

''It's always the owner's prerogative,'' Kahn said. ''I don't think it's appropriate to say whether it's fair or not. I'm very grateful for the opportunity that Glen gave me.''

The Timberwolves went 89-223 and missed the playoffs in all four seasons under Kahn.