HoopsHype Flip Saunders rumors

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If you take the word of Flip Saunders, the president of basketball operations for the Timberwolves, you can quit worrying about the club signing Nikola Pekovic. Saunders believes it’s just a matter of time before the 6-11 center from Montenegro agrees to a deal with the club. “Yeah, I’m still optimistic,” said Saunders, who plans to travel in the near future to New York to speak to Pekovic’s agent. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Saunders also said he remains optimistic that Rick Adelman is ready to return as coach next season. “I think he feels very good about where we’re going,” he said. “Feels very good about what we’ve done to improve the team. We’re moving forward to try to change some things to keep our players healthier over the course of the season. We’re being very proactive in doing that. I think he feels, as we feel, that if we can keep our team healthy and with the pieces we’ve added, we have a chance to do something special.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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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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