Ryan Saunders Rumors
Taylor spoke with Wiggins when the two attended assistant coach Ryan Saunders’ wedding in July, but the owner is looking for a little more substance before they close the deal. Wiggins’ agent, Billy Duffy of BDA Sports, is expected to arrive in town next week to continue the discussions, and a five-year, $148 million extension could happen soon after.
With training camp set to begin this week, Wolves president of basketball operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau made official some changes to his staff and announced extensive additions to the basketball operations staff. First, the coaches: The Wolves officially announced the additions of Andy Greer and Rick Brunson as assistant coaches, announced the addition of Peter Patton as shooting coach and the promotion of Vince Legarza to player development coach. Ryan Saunders – who coached the Wolves summer league entry – will be retained and Daisuke Yoshimoto will be the special assistant to Thibodeau.
Saunders’ position on the staff appeared to be in limbo when the Wolves relieved interim coach Sam Mitchell of his duties at the end of the season and hired Tom Thibodeau as head coach and president of basketball operations in April. The Wolves announced in May that many members of the front office and assistant coach Sidney Lowe would not be retained. Yet Saunders is still around. Saunders said he treated that time of uncertainly like he treats anything in life. “You just take things day by day and do the best you can with them and you do something until somebody tells you you don’t do it anymore,” Saunders said. “So that’s my approach. … I grew up in this business, I understand how things go.”