Milt Newton was introduced as general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Newton was a longtime member of the Washington Wizards' front office reporting to Ernie Grunfeld.

Newton is looking forward to having a bigger role in the decision-making.

''My role will change in that, along with Flip (Saunders), I'll have an overall effect on the organization,'' Newton said. ''In Washington I was mostly in the personnel aspect of the organization. This is a very much more expanded role and I look forward to the task at hand."

''Milt's going to have a lot of authority and it frees our whole organization up to do a lot of things,'' Saunders said. ''It frees me up to do some things from a business perspective and he does have an expanded role from what he did have in Washington. He will have a huge voice.''