HoopsHype Flip Saunders rumors

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The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed free-agent center Ronny Turiaf. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. "We're excited to welcome Ronny to our team," said Flip Saunders, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "Ronny is a physical, aggressive defender and a good passer. He's a solid pro who will help us with his experience and veteran leadership." NBA.com

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Saunders said Friday that contract negotiations continue to progress with arguably the best free agent left on the market, albeit slowly as the team and Pekovic’s representatives work toward middle ground on a four-year contract that is expected to pay him at least $12.5 million a season. “I think there’s a misconception, at least when I read Twitter,” said Saunders, who has sworn off tweeting himself but still follows along. “People think he can go pretty much where he wants to go. We have the ability to sign Pek, so we expect he will be back.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed free agent forward/guard Corey Brewer. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. "We are excited to bring Corey Brewer back to the Timberwolves," said Flip Saunders, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "Corey is a quality defender and has improved his all-around game during his six years in the NBA. We think he will fit our system really well and we look forward to watching him in a Wolves uniform again." NBA.com

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has re-signed forward Chase Budinger. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. "We are excited that Chase has decided to make Minnesota his home next season and beyond," said Flip Saunders, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "We made bringing back Chase a priority because of his shooting ability, athleticism and his familiarity with Coach Adelman's system. We look forward to watching his continued development in a Wolves uniform." NBA.com

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Saunders also said he is in touch with center Nikola Pekovic, who was extended a qualifying offer by the Wolves on Thursday. "We're having communication with 'Pek'," Saunders said. "We can't sign him, but we're going to talk with his representatives and see where they're at. He knows where we're at and what we're trying to do." Saunders has said repeatedly that retaining Pekovic is an offseason priority. St. Paul Pioneer Press

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