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May 24, 2015 Updates

“When I took the job, I said we were coming here to build a championship team, and what we’re going to do is we want home run hitters and not singles and doubles [hitters],” Saunders said. “What I meant by that is you have to have potentially All-Star, All-Pro players. I see a lot of guys in this draft who can be that. “Because of the youth of our team and having two 19-year-olds from last year, we’re not going to mortgage our future to facilitate that development. Right now Wiggins is that development. LaVine is that development. [Shabazz] Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng, too, so I would never say never but I don’t see us trading [the No. 1 pick] because all these guys we’re going to have an opportunity to look at, three or four of these guys are going to be All-Star, All-Pro-type players. Those are guys you don’t want to give up on.” Boston Globe

It looks like Flip Saunders will coach the Minnesota Timberwolves again next season. "I think so," Wolves owner Glen Taylor told the Pioneer Press. "I think he worked so hard last year with all those problems that he wants an opportunity to see if we are healthy, if we really have the team he thought he had." St. Paul Pioneer Press

May 20, 2015 Updates

But something less expected happened afterwards, when Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor was non-committal about whether or not Flip Saunders would be coaching the team next season. “It’s not definite,” Taylor said, after pausing for a few seconds when asked specifically about Saunders returning as head coach. “But in my mind, with the effort that he put in this year to bring this team along, it’s probably 90 percent. If he sees somebody and he changes his mind, he certainly could convince me. I think eventually I want a different coach, and I want him to be the GM. My guess is that he’ll go another year.” NBCSports.com

Landing the top pick in the draft may be a nice enticement for Saunders to want to remain in the coaching position, but Taylor says that this recent, exciting development won’t affect that decision. “It won’t change,” Taylor said of Saunders’ thought process. “I think that Flip will change if he sees somebody in the coaching ranks that he really respects, and thinks in the long run that they will be the right guy for this team, then I think he’ll make that decision.” “We’re sort of taking it one year at a time,” Taylor said with a laugh. “[We haven’t discussed] seven years from now.” NBCSports.com

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At his end-of-the-season news conference on Monday following an NBA-worst 16-66 season that was filled with injuries, disappointment and the development of a new young star, Saunders gave no indication that he will be relinquishing the coaching duties this summer. "I'll coach until I feel we need to move in a different direction," Saunders said. NBA.com

April 20, 2015 Updates

Jon Krawczynski: So the headlines from today's Flip Saunders State of the Wolves address: Priorities this summer are getting stronger, improving D, 3s Twitter @APkrawczynski

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