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Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (60) / 2/23/1955
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Flip Saunders wouldn't reveal who the Wolves will select with the No. 1 pick in the draft on Thursday.
"We are going to take the best player with the best chance to be an All-Star and superstar in this league," Saunders said. When pressed about Karl-Anthony Towns, Saunders did call him the top player in the draft in terms of analytics, so it still sounds like Towns is the favorite to land in Minnesota. Jun 24 - 1:47 PM

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Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor confirmed once again that Flip Saunders will be the head coach next season.

There has been a lot of speculation that Saunders would step down as head coach in order to focus on his duties as team president, but this reports sums it up. Armed with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Wolves will look to add to an already impressive core consisting of Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng. Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor are both expected to work out for the Wolves in the near future, and it looks like their selection could come right down to the wire.
Jun 17 - 1:19 PM

Timberwolves president Flip Saunders said he is still planning to serve as the team's head coach.

While Saunders said he has heard from potential coaches, he added that his current plan is to continue as the Wolves' head coach. "Right now I’m coaching the team. It’s a question everybody asks. It’s interesting, when I ended up coaching a year ago, it was the right thing to do at that time for the organization," Saunders said. "Until I feel we can get somebody who can move forward a little bit, we’ll [stay] where we’re at."
Jun 9 - 10:52 AM

Timberwolves head coach and president Flip Saunders said that the team is not going to trade the No. 1 pick.

Saunders added that the pick gives them "flexibility", but this could mean that they have their eyes set on a certain player. Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns will likely be the two players that they decide between, but they will have plenty of time to ponder things in the coming weeks. Due to the health concerns of Nikola Pekovic, Okafor or Towns could have a solid role right out of the gate if they end up in Minnesota.
May 20 - 9:57 AM

Wolves owner Glen Taylor feels that it's "90 percent" likely Flip Saunders will return as the team's head coach next season.

"It's not definite but ... I think with the effort that he put in this year to bring this team along, that it's probably 90 percent," Taylor said. "I think eventually I want a different coach. I want [Saunders] to be the GM. My guess is that he'll go another year." It's noteworthy that Taylor openly admits he wants Saunders to focus his energies in the Wolves' front office, but for now it appears he'll pace the sidelines during the 2015-16 season.
May 19 - 10:32 PM

Timberwolves head coach, president, and part-owner Flip Saunders said he plans on coaching the team next season.

While he left the door open on hiring a new head coach this summer, Saunders said he's planning on returning as the Wolves head coach for the 2015-16 season. "I'll coach until I feel we need to move in a different direction," Saunders said. After leading the Timberwolves to a league-worst 16-66 record in 2014-15, Saunders will have his work cut out for him as he attempts to develop Minnesota's young roster.
Source: ESPN
Apr 21 - 12:48 PM

While Timberwolves' owner Glen Taylor would like Flip Saunders to hire a top-notch coach so that he could focus more on his duties as president of basketball operations, he won't object to Flip coaching another season for Minnesota.

"I’d like to hire a very good coach [for the long term]," Taylor said. "I haven’t talked about it with Flip as far as next year, but if he wanted to coach he certainly would be allowed to coach." If there's one complaint fantasy owners could make about Saunders' coaching style, it's that his teams never shoot many 3-pointers. In fact, the Timberwolves are ranked dead last in 3-pointers attempted this season (14.8), and while some of that has to do with his personnel, his teams in general have never truly taken advantage of the 3-point shot.
Apr 3 - 9:17 AM

Flip Saunders adamantly denied that the Timberwolves are tanking after their win over the Jazz on Monday.

After Jazz broadcasters said that the Wolves are trying to garner the most ping pong balls in this spring's draft lottery, Saunders vehemently denied that his team is trying to lose. "That's totally irresponsible, we're not tanking games," Saunders said. "If that's so, then [Utah] got beat by a team who was tanking. We're playing to win. It is irresponsible for them to go on TV saying that." While the Wolves have been extra cautious in bringing back injured players, they have also won two of their last three so it's hard to argue with their on-court effort.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 24 - 11:34 AM

Flip Saunders is currently headed to Cleveland to attend to his ailing father, and he will not coach Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

Some things are bigger than basketball, and our thoughts go out to Saunders and his family. Assistant coach Sam Mitchell will handle the head coaching duties for however long Saunders is away from the team.
Mar 17 - 3:30 PM

After a day off due to an illness, Flip Saunders is back with the Wolves and leading Tuesday's practice.

Saunders was out for Monday's loss to the Nuggets, but should be back on the bench for Wednesday's meeting with the Suns.
Jan 6 - 1:00 PM

Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders said that he feels like he's playing the board game Risk.

Following Monday's loss that dropped the Timberwolves to 4-16 on the season, Flip submitted his entry for Quote of the Year. "You ever play the game of Risk?" Saunders asked reporters. "I feel like I’m Macedonia with two people, and I’m surrounded by like 50 people and countries on every side and I have to roll 12s for 49 straight times." While Saunders stopped short of calling the Ukraine weak, it's become clear that he and the injury-riddled Timberwolves have a long season ahead of themselves.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 10:01:00 AM

Flip Saunders hopes the Timberwolves can improve on their defense this season.

"I'm hoping that the biggest change is going to be defensively," Saunders said. "Always a key in your ability to guard is your athleticism. The quicker you are, the longer you are, the better chance you have to be a good defensive team." Saunders hopes that the Wolves will be able to generate offense with their defense, attacking in the open court, and using some of the freak athleticism they gained in guys like Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young, and Zach LaVine. However, the Wolves have their work cutout for them as they allowed the fifth most points per game last season at 104.3.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 04:43:00 PM

The Timberwolves have hired ex-Jazz assistant coach Sidney Lowe to join Flip Saunders on the bench.

Lowe spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach in Utah, and he will now make the move to Minnesota. This is Lowe's fourth time being an assistant coach for Flip Saunders, as he spent two seasons with Flip in Minnesota, and one in Detroit.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 06:40:00 PM

According to some sources, Flip Saunders naming himself the new Timberwolves coach was, in part, a tactical move to keep Kevin Love with the team.

"It was the only thing Flip could do to keep Love," one league source said. "He put all his chips on the table." Several teams are interested in Love and if the T-Wolves don't move him, they risk losing him for nothing next summer. However, if the franchise turns things around and make the playoffs, that could entice Love to stay.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 10:04:00 AM

Flip Saunders was officially announced as the new head coach of the Timberwolves on Friday.

As head coach of the Timberwolves from 1995-96 to 2004-05, Saunders led the club to eight consecutive playoff appearances and a Western Conference-best, and franchise-best, 58-24 record in 2003-04 — a season that concluded with a trip to the Western Conference Finals. At 411-326 (.558), Saunders is the Timberwolves all-time winningest head coach and posted a winning record in six of his eight full seasons as head coach. Overall, Saunders has seven 50-win seasons as a head coach. "I will work tirelessly to bring back the success our franchise experienced in the late ’90s to early 2000s," said Saunders.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 04:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Zach LaVine
3Tyus Jones
4Lorenzo Brown
SG1Kevin Martin
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Shabazz Muhammad
3Nemanja Bjelica
4Damjan Rudez
PF1Kevin Garnett
2Gorgui Dieng
3Anthony Bennett
4Adreian Payne
C1Nikola Pekovic
2Karl-Anthony Towns