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

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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

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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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Andre Miller
3Tyus Jones
4Lorenzo Brown
SG1Kevin Martin
2Zach LaVine
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Shabazz Muhammad
3Nemanja Bjelica
4Tayshaun Prince
5Damjan Rudez
PF1Kevin Garnett
2Adreian Payne
3Anthony Bennett
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Nikola Pekovic