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Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (59) / 2/23/1955

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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. Aug 29 - 4:43 PM

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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.
Jun 13 - 6:40 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.
Jun 7 - 10:04 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.
Jun 6 - 4:57 PM

Timberwolves president and part-owner Flip Saunders will take over as the team's next head coach.

This must have made for an interesting interview process as Saunders considered Saunders for his own head coaching vacancy. Names like Lionel Hollins, Billy Donovan, Tom Izzo, and Vinny Del Negro had popped up in the rumor mill surrounding the Wolves' open head coaching position, but Saunders apparently considered himself as the best option for the job. Flip had previously responded to reports that the Wolves were having trouble finding interested candidates by saying, "I could hire somebody in five minutes," so this report could go a long way towards explaining that.
Source: ESPN
Jun 5 - 10:56 AM

Michigan State's Tom Izzo is reportedly "very high" on the Timberwolves' list of potential head coaches.

NBA teams have been trying to lure Izzo to away from East Lansing for years now, but he's been there since 1995 and been the Final Four six times. He says he's not going anywhere. "First of all, I'm going to be at Michigan State. ... Put it this way: I've got a big-time recruit coming in an hour and if I was leaving I wouldn't be recruiting."
May 2 - 10:55 AM

George Karl would reportedly "love the opportunity" to become the Timberwolves' next head coach, but so far the franchise has not contacted him.

Former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is also reportedly a "strong contender" for the Wolves' job, which was left vacant by Rick Adelman's retirement after the regular season. The Wolves also have interest in Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Florida's Billy Donovan, and dark-horse candidates include Sam Mitchell, Lindsey Hunter, J.B. Bickerstaff and Sam Cassell. And there's always the possibility that team president Flip Saunders will call his own number and assume head coaching duties.
Source: 1500 ESPN
Apr 30 - 11:35 AM

Timberwolves president Flip Saunders said on Wednesday that he doesn't anticipate taking over the head coach job left vacant by Rick Adelman's retirement.

"I don't really see that scenario," Saunders said. "I know it's been brought up a lot, and you never say never, but we have a lot of things going on here. I've got a lot on my plate and that's enough right now to deal with." The selection of Minnesota's next coach is momentous, since they'll be tasked with convincing Kevin Love to re-sign as a free agent. At the moment the lead candidates appear to be college coaches including Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Florida's Billy Donovan.
Apr 23 - 1:37 PM

The Timberwolves have hired former Wizards vice president Milt Newton as general manager.

Flip Saunders will still be pulling the strings, while Newton is expected to focus more on scouting and personnel. But now that David Kahn is out of the way, it seems like every move the Wolves are making these days is a good one.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 05:10:00 PM

The Timberwolves interviewed Wizards VP Milt Newton for their vacant GM position this week.

Team president Flip Saunders has been running the show since David Kahn's departure, but Minnesota has made Newton a "prime target" to assume GM duties. He has a wide array of experience as a player, scout, assistant director of Team USA, and more.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 07:51:00 PM

The Wolves are looking for a starting SG in free agency, and Flip Saunders is expected to meet this week with O.J. Mayo, J.J. Redick, Mike Dunleavy and Chase Budinger.

It's also possible that he'll visit with Dorell Wright and Kevin Martin, and if all else fails he could target a lower-caliber player like Marco Belinelli.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 09:01:00 PM

The Wolves are unlikely to move up in the 2013 draft because Flip Saunders doesn't feel there are any "impact players."

"What I mean by that is there won't be any All-Stars in two years out of this draft," Saunders said. All GMs have an agenda and his quotes should be viewed with circumspection, but he's not the first person to suggest a lack of elite talent among next season's rookies. Flip also mentioned that the only players he won't consider with the Wolves' two first-round picks (Nos. 9 and 26) are point guards. Farewell, David Kahn.
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 02:38:00 PM

The Wolves have four picks in the 2013 draft, and Flip Saunders is eager to acquire shooting guards with 3-point range.

"We want to get some guys who can make Ricky [Rubio] better," Saunders said. "If you have guys who can stretch the floor and create more openings for him to penetrate and find those guys, he's going to be a better player. I don't know if you can win in the NBA if you don’t shoot threes." His point is well taken since Luke Ridnour has been an out-of-position starting SG for the past two seasons, and the Wolves shot a league-worst 30.5 percent from downtown last year.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 08:53:00 AM

Flip Saunders is "quietly doing background checks" on "potential GM candidates," according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

Per Broussard, Saunders isn't planning to make a hire until after the draft. It's not clear who might be on Saunders' list, but he's crafting the front office the way he wants to and has ownership's blessing to do so.
Source: ESPN
Fri, May 24, 2013 08:57:00 AM

Timberwolves GM Flip Saunders said it's "unlikely" the team will trade the No. 9 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft, and he also added the team would "explore acquiring a veteran shooting guard."

Minnesota desperately needs a shooting guard and to improve their 3-point prowess, so that's hardly surprising. Saunders is clearly looking to put his stamp on the franchise, and his tenure running the team could be defined by how he handles the offseason with a big decision looming on restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic as well as preparing for his first draft in his new role. The team also has the No. 26 overall selection.
Wed, May 22, 2013 08:45:00 AM

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SG1Kevin Martin
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2Corey Brewer
3Shabazz Muhammad
4Robbie Hummel
5Glenn Robinson III
PF1Thaddeus Young
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C1Nikola Pekovic
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