HoopsHype Flip Saunders rumors

June 5, 2014 Updates

Saunders, who had courted Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger, former Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell and former Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro in recent weeks, confirmed his decision in a text message to USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. Saunders' decision has an obvious ripple effect on the Kevin Love situation, as the Timberwolves' All-Star forward who will be a free agent in the summer of 2015 is widely known to want out of Minnesota. USA Today Sports

Flip Saunders will be the next Timberwolves coach, a source close to the search said this morning, and will be introduced Friday in a news conference. As far as I know, there is no specified length of time that he'll coach, although he has suggested before it would only be for a season or two if he did decide to coach. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

When it's all sorted out, Flip's staff is expected to include former Wolves players Sam Mitchell and Sidney Lowe, although I'm not certain yet if either is a coach-in-waiting to take the job next. No word if one of Flip's former players, Chauncey Billups, will become that former coach-in-waiting and it's likely Flip's son Ryan will eventually join the staff. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Baxter Holmes: Source called it a desperation move: "It is the only thing Flip could do to try to save Love from leaving. Who else was he going to hire?" Twitter @BaxterHolmes

June 4, 2014 Updates

After a workout for draft hopefuls Sunday at Target Center, Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said he expects Love to play in Minnesota next season. Barkley said Love, 25, is "the best power forward in the NBA" but the Wolves' supporting cast is insufficient. "When you look at some NBA teams, you say, 'Wow, they have some good, young players,' " Barkley said. "But the Timberwolves don't have good, young players." St. Paul Pioneer Press

June 1, 2014 Updates

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