HoopsHype Flip Saunders rumors

June 6, 2014 Updates

Was Saunders serious about Joerger? “We were serious,” he said. “We never got to a point with anyone — what do people consider? We were going down the road where was he going to be able come, even if he could come? That I don’t know. When you start getting into this there’s a lot of factors that get involved.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

June 5, 2014 Updates

Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders also will be the team’s next coach and will be introduced Friday at a Target Center news conference. He confirmed in a text message this morning that he will coach the team but declined further comment until tomorrow. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

According to sources close to the situation, 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

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

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