Timberwolves Re-sign GM Jim Stack

Timberwolves Re-Sign General Manager Jim Stack to Contract Extension

July 1, 2005
Minnesota Timberwolves Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale today announced the NBA club has re-signed General Manager Jim Stack to a contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We’re extremely pleased to have Jim remain with the Timberwolves family,” said McHale. “Along with hiring a new head coach, re-signing Jim was one of our top priorities this offseason. We have a tremendous working relationship and he is a valuable member of our front office. Jim’s 20-plus years in professional basketball and knowledge of the game are invaluable.”

“I’m excited to remain a part of Timberwolves organization,” said Stack. “I’m looking forward to the upcoming season and helping to get our team back in the playoffs.”

Stack, who was originally hired as the Timberwolves General Manager on July 9, 2004, is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations in the Timberwolves basketball department. These responsibilities include scouting, contract negotiations, player analysis, salary cap analysis and free agent scouting. Additionally, Stack works closely with McHale in all player personnel decisions.

“Jim has been a valuable part of our team over the past year, and we’re excited that he will be returning,” said Timberwolves CEO Rob Moor. “With Jim and Dwane, Kevin has built a solid core for our basketball operations department for many years to come.”

The 2004-05 NBA season, Stack’s first with the Timberwolves, marked his 23rd year of professional basketball experience as a player and front office executive. Prior to joining the Wolves, Stack had served in the basketball operations departments of the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. Stack spent the 2003-04 campaign as an advance scout with the Knicks. Before his stint in New York, Stack spent three years as an assistant coach with the Pacers, beginning with the 2000-01 season.

During Stack's 13-year tenure with Chicago, the team won six NBA titles and established a record for most wins in a season, with 72 regular-season wins in 1995-96. Stack last served as the Assistant Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Bulls for four years after being promoted from his previous job as Special Assistant to the Vice President of Basketball Operations, where he spent eight years. As the Special Assistant, his duties included scouting on all levels, contract negotiations and analysis. Stack played an active role in the acquisition of every Bulls player, and his duties also included free agent scouting and all playoff advance scouting. Stack began as a scout with the Bulls organization prior to the 1988-89 campaign.

Upon his 1983 graduation from Northwestern University, Stack was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the sixth round (117th overall) in the 1983 NBA Draft. He spent five years playing professionally with teams in Belgium, Israel and France.