11 Updates
Flip Saunders to Coach Minnesota Timberwolves
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Flip Saunders to Coach Minnesota Timberwolves

Jun 6 2014, 12:07am CDT | by

Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations and part owner Flip Saunders will also be the team's head coach, per multiple reports.

Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations and part owner Flip Saunders will also be the team's head coach, per multiple reports.  Jerry Zgoda of The Minneapolis Star Tribune...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

6 weeks ago

Flip Saunders to Coach Minnesota Timberwolves

Jun 6 2014, 12:07am CDT | by

Flip Saunders to Coach Minnesota Timberwolves Photo Credit: Getty Images

Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations and part owner Flip Saunders will also be the team's head coach, per multiple reports.

Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations and part owner Flip Saunders will also be the team's head coach, per multiple reports. 

Jerry Zgoda of The Minneapolis Star Tribune confirmed the news in his June 5 update

"Flip Saunders will be the next Timberwolves coach and will be introduced Friday in a Target Center news conference

"He confirmed in a text message this morning that he will coach the team but declined further comment until tomorrow. 

"According to sources close to the situation, there is is no specified length of time that he'll coach, although he has suggested before it would only be a season or two if he did decide to coach.

"When it's all sorted out, Saunders' staff is expected to include former Wolves players Sam Mitchell and Sidney Lowe, although it's not certain yet if either is a coach-in-waiting to take the job next. 

"It's not known if one of Flip's former players, Chauncey Billups, or European coach David Blatt will be added to the staff and possibly could become that future coach-in-waiting. 

"Billups is currently under a player's contract with Detroit and Blatt still is busy coaching his Israeli team. 

"It's also quite possible Saunders' son Ryan -- currently under contract as a Washington assistant -- will eventually join the staff. 

"'I like Flip, he's the best coach the Timberwolves have ever had,' Wolves forward Corey Brewer said about today's news. 'It's all about winning.'

"Saunders has a 638-526 regular-season record in 15-plus years of NBA head coaching, the first 10 seasons of those as the Wolves head coach. 

"He has led teams to the conference finals four times -- once with the Wolves, three times with (the) Detroit (Pistons) -- in those 15-plus seasons. 

"Taylor's agreement with Saunders to coach is open-ended in terms of year. It's possible he could go back in a year or two and see if he can convince either Michigan State's Tom Izzo or Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg to take the job if the timing is then better for either man. 

"According to a source, there was a time during the search that Saunders thought he had convinced Izzo to be the next coach. 

"Kevin Love's uncertain future likely impacted this decision because it left doubt in some candidates' minds."

The St. Paul Pioneer Press' Andy Greder also confirms Saunders will take over as Timberwolves head coach. 

"The only coach with a winning record in Timberwolves history will return to the bench. 

"Flip Saunders will coach the Wolves in the 2014-15 season, he told the Pioneer Press in a text message Thursday. 

"Saunders, the franchise's president of basketball operations, conducted a search that lasted more than six weeks for a replacement to Rick Adelman in the end chose himself."

Minnesota made an announcement on its official website regarding a press conference on June 6 to introduce the team's next coach, but did not specifically identify Saunders. 

"The Minnesota Timberwolves will host a press conference on Friday to introduce the team's new head coach. The press conference will take place at the Target Center and will start at 1 p.m. It will be streamed live on Timberwolves.com." 

Saunders himself confirmed to ESPN's Marc Stein he is taking over the position last held by Rick Adelman, who retired in April. In addition, the ESPN update says Saunders becoming Timberwolves head coach will have no bearing on All-Star forward Kevin Love's desire to opt out of his contract and play for a contender in 2014-15. 

"Sources reiterated to ESPN.com on Thursday that Saunders' move back to the bench will have no impact on Love's determination to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015

"Saunders and Love have built a good relationship since Saunders replaced David Kahn as Minnesota's lead decision-maker, but sources say Love is determined to play for a contender after missing the playoffs in each of his first six NBA seasons. His concern, sources say, isn't who's coaching but the state of the roster. 

"ESPN.com reported earlier this month that (the) Golden State (warriors ) and (the) Chicago (Bulls) are two potential trade destinations that particularly intrigue Love in his quest to land with a team that can make some noise. The (Houston) Rockets, (Boston) Celtics, (New York) Knicks, (Los Angeles) Lakers and (Phoenix) Suns are among the other teams, sources say, that tried to engage the Wolves in exploratory trade talks."

The Timberwolves were eyeing Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger, a Minnesota native, to replace Adelman. Minnesota interviewed Joerger two weekends ago but Grizzlies owner Robert Pera tendered a better offer which made his head coach stay, per ESPN. 

Saunders then met with team owner Glen Taylor earlier this week to re-assess their coaching search. They agreed Saunders was the best candidate for the job even though Taylor had previous apprehensions on Saunders performing a dual role of coach and president of basketball operations, Zgoda notes. 

The Minneapolis Star Tribune report quoted Taylor as saying,"You've always got to keep your options open and that's what we did here. For the long run, this is the next step we have to take." 

The 59-year-old Saunders has called the shots for the Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards in his 16-year NBA head coaching career. He has amassed a 638-526 (.548) win-loss record through June 6, per Basketball-Reference.com.  

 
Update
11

2 hours ago

NBA Trade Rumors: Analyzing Pros and Cons of Each Reported Kevin Love Offer

Jul 24 2014 10:35am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - May 20, 2014
Hello, friend. Would you like another article discussing Kevin Love without a significant update on when or where he might be traded? Well, I've got the piece to satiate the obviously barren wasteland that is the Love rumor mill. What we know is that the Timberwolves are essentially down to three teams: Cleveland, Chicago and Golden State. A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England reported the Celtics have c ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
Update
10

16 hours ago

T-Wolves weigh several offers for Love

Jul 23 2014 8:47pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - May 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS — The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody’s guess. The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. But any talks are complicated by an NBA rule that requires a 30-day waiting period to trade any rookie that signs his contract. Talks have picked up again this week, with the ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
9

16 hours ago

T-Wolves weigh several offers for Love

Jul 23 2014 8:47pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - May 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS — The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody’s guess. The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. But any talks are complicated by an NBA rule that requires a 30-day waiting period to trade any rookie that signs his contract. Talks have picked up again this week, with th ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
8

16 hours ago

T-Wolves weigh several offers for Love

Jul 23 2014 8:47pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - May 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS — The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody’s guess. The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. But any talks are complicated by an NBA rule that requires a 30-day waiting period to trade any rookie that signs his c ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
7

16 hours ago

T-Wolves weigh several offers for Love

Jul 23 2014 8:47pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - May 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS — The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody’s guess. The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. But any talks are complicated by an NBA rule that requires a 30-day waiting period to trade any rookie that signs his contract. Talks have picked up again this week, with ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
5

16 hours ago

T-Wolves weigh several offers for Love

Jul 23 2014 8:47pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - May 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS — The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody’s guess. The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. But any talks are complicated by an NBA rule that requires a 30-day waiting period to trade any rookie that signs his contract. Talks have picked ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
4

16 hours ago

T-Wolves weigh several offers for Love

Jul 23 2014 8:47pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - May 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS — The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody’s guess. The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. But any talks are complicated by an NBA rule that requires a 30-day waiting period to trade any rookie that signs his ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
3

16 hours ago

T-Wolves weigh several offers for Love

Jul 23 2014 8:47pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - May 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS — The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody’s guess. The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. But any talks are complicated by an NBA rule that requires a 30-day waiting period to trade any rookie ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
2

1 day ago

Bulls reportedly offer Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott for Kevin Love

Jul 23 2014 12:50pm CDT | Source: SBNation

Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - May 20, 2014
The Chicago Bulls have made a big offer to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love. After being told the Cleveland Cavaliers had the best offer for forward Kevin Love, the Chicago Bulls reacted on Wednesday by putting Taj Gibson, rookie Doug McDermott and other assets on the table for the Timberwolves power forward, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The source told the Sun-Times that the deal ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 
Update
1

1 week ago

Rubio's Agent Seeking Five-Year Max Contract From Wolves

Jul 15 2014 10:38am CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Northampton Saints v Saracens - Aviva Premiership
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio's camp have been in contact on a contract extension. Rubio's agent, Dan Fegan, is seeking a five-year max contract. David Kahn now infamously gave Kevin Love a four-year extension in order to keep his five-year extension for Rubio. Love's future with the Wolves is now in serious doubt as he can become a free agent in 2015. If Rubio and the Wolves are unable to agree upon an extension, he would become a restricted free a ...
Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap   Full article at: RealGM Basketball Wiretap
 

 

Don't miss ...

 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Shushila wins India's third medal at CWG
Glasgow, July 24 (IANS) Judoka Shushila Likmabam won India its third medal on the opening day of the 20th Commonwealth Games, settling for the silver in the final of the women's -48kg category here Thursday.
 
 
CWG: Weightlifters Sanjita wins gold, Mirabai silver for India
Glasgow, July 24 (IANS) India opened its medal count in CWG with Manipuri girls Sanjita Khumukcham and Mirabai Chanu Saikhom winning the gold and silver, respectively, in the women's 48kg category of weightlifting competitions at the Clyde Auditorium here Thursday.
 
 
CWG: Sanjita wins gold, Mirabai silver for India
Glasgow, July 24 (IANS) It was double delight for India as Manipuri girls Sanjita Khumukcham and Mirabai Chanu Saikhom won the gold and silver, respectively, in the women's 48kg category to open the country's medal count from the weightlifting competitions at the Clyde Auditorium here Thursday.
 
 
Commonwealth Games: India's para-powerlifter tests positive
Glasgow/New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) There was a huge embarrassment for India Thursday when para-powerlifter Sachin Choudhary had to be pulled out of the Commonwealth Games and sent back home for failing a drug test conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) last month.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Shushila wins India's third medal at CWG
Glasgow, July 24 (IANS) Judoka Shushila Likmabam won India its third medal on the opening day of the 20th Commonwealth Games, settling for the silver in the final of the women's -48kg category here Thursday. Kimberley...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
WTF of the week: Apple could be ‘obsolete’ in 2-3 years
At some point in the future, Apple will no longer be the consumer technology giant it is today. It will become obsolete. Its products will no longer be trendy. Other companies will innovate and drive Apple out of...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
CWG: Weightlifters Sanjita wins gold, Mirabai silver for India
Glasgow, July 24 (IANS) India opened its medal count in CWG with Manipuri girls Sanjita Khumukcham and Mirabai Chanu Saikhom winning the gold and silver, respectively, in the women's 48kg category of weightlifting...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Here’s yet another way the iPhone 6 is messing with Samsung
Samsung has already started making fun in a TV commercial of the unreleased iPhone 6, telling potential buyers that its Android handsets had bigger displays for quite a while in an obvious attempt to kill the iPhone 6...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
By The Numbers: How Many iPhone 6's Is Apple Planning To Sell
It has been well publicized from a Wall Street Journal article that Apple has asked its suppliers to build between 70 to 80 million iPhone 6’s by the end of the year vs. the 50 to 60 million that were planned for last...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Amazon Fire Phone: Love It Or Leave It?
Is the Fire Phone the next great mobile device? With first smartphone from Amazon.com set to launch on July 25, we took this question to one of the most important components of the buying equation, consumers. At first...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Modi to visit Nepal Aug 3-4
Kathmandu, July 24 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Nepal Aug 3-4, Foreign Minister Mahendra Pandey told IANS Thursday.
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Nigeria twin blasts toll rises to 110
Lagos, July 24 (IANS) The toll from the twin bomb attacks in Nigeria's Kaduna State Wednesday has risen to 110, with more injured victims being rushed to hospital for treatment, a humanitarian aid official said...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Modi to visit Nepal Aug 3-4
Kathmandu, July 24 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Nepal Aug 3-4, Foreign Minister Mahendra Pandey announced Thursday. The visit follows an invitation from Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala,...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
CWG: Sanjita wins gold, Mirabai silver for India
Glasgow, July 24 (IANS) It was double delight for India as Manipuri girls Sanjita Khumukcham and Mirabai Chanu Saikhom won the gold and silver, respectively, in the women's 48kg category to open the country's medal...
Read more on Sport Balla