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Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (60) / 2/23/1955

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The Timberwolves announced on Sunday that head coach and team president of basketball operations Phil "Flip" Saunders passed away at age 60.
Mr. Saunders was battling against Hodgkins Lymphoma, and it is with deep sadness that we report this news. We send our condolences to the entire Saunders' family, and it's moments like these that the game of basketball can seem rather unimportant. Rest in peace, Flip. Oct 25 - 2:11 PM

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Flip Saunders will not coach the Wolves this season.

Basketball can seem so insignificant sometimes. We wish Flip and his family the very best and a speedy recovery.
Oct 24 - 1:20 AM

According to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Flip Saunders is unlikely to return to the sidelines as head coach this season.

Saunders is currently battling cancer and Zgoda notes that "things have changed dramatically" since his diagnosis in August. The cancer is reportedly life threatening, and we wish him and his family nothing but the best. We will update his status once we know more, while Sam Mitchell will continue to take over the coaching duties in his absence.
Oct 2 - 11:51 AM

The Wolves announced that Flip Saunders is hospitalized with complications from his cancer treatment and that he is taking a leave of absence.

Sadly, the Wolves expect Saunders' timetable to be measured in months as opposed to weeks. This is obviously a very difficult time for the Wolves, but we wish Saunders and his family all the best. Sam Mitchell will take over as the team's interim head coach, but we will pass along any updates on Saunders as soon as we know more.
Sep 11 - 11:18 AM

Updating a previous item, the trade talk with the Wolves and Blazers is "dead," according to Rick Bonnell.

Bonnell just reported the two teams were talking, so this proposed deal can now have an official time of death filed away.
Aug 22 - 12:52 AM

Updating a previous item, there is "nothing going on" with the Wolves making a trade, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.

Just moments ago, a very credible report came from Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer saying a "major deal" was being discussed between the Wolves and Blazers. Who said NBA August was boring?
Aug 22 - 12:12 AM

The Blazers and Wolves are working on a "major deal," according to Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell.

It is likely due to move some cap space and perhaps it's the Blazers giving up the better players. It's hard to guess which players will be in the deal. For what it's worth -- it's not much -- Bonnell did a story on Gerald Henderson today. We'll be looking for an update tomorrow.
Aug 22 - 12:02 AM

Flip Saunders said that while Andre Miller, Kevin Garnett and Tayshaun Prince have experience, but their defensive mentality will be great for the young guys to see.

Garnett is expected to start and see around 20 minutes per game while Miller and Prince will have limited roles off the bench, but it's clear that the Wolves mainly brought them in to mentor their young prospects. Unless you are in a really deep league, Miller, Prince and Garnett don't belong on fantasy rosters.

Flip Saunders has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Our thoughts go out to Saunders and his family as he undergoes chemotherapy for what doctors are calling a very treatable form of cancer. The Wolves said Saunders will continue his roles as both coach and team president, and we wish him a very speedy recovery.
Aug 11 - 1:28 PM

Flip Saunders broke his 18-month silence on Twitter by saying that he "loves" 3-pointers.

The Timberwolves attempted the fewest 3-pointers per game in the NBA last season, and Saunders has taken a lot of heat for that. To be fair, Kevin Martin was arguably their deadliest shooter and he only managed to play in 39 games, so Shabazz Muhammad and Andrew Wiggins were a little more reluctant to fire away from beyond the arc. The Wolves brought in Karl-Anthony Towns who should be able to stretch the floor even more, so expect the Wolves to utilize the 3-point shot more next season which will be music to fantasy owner's ears.
Aug 2 - 10:35 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Zach LaVine
3Andre Miller
4Tyus Jones
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Kevin Martin
SF1Tayshaun Prince
2Shabazz Muhammad
3Damjan Rudez
PF1Kevin Garnett
2Nemanja Bjelica
3Adreian Payne
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Nikola Pekovic