HoopsHype Flip Saunders rumors

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 Magic Johnson the other day said he hopes the Lakers lose all their games. What do you make of that mentality? Flip Saunders: I’m never a proponent to just say tank games or lose games. You’re letting players off the hook. Depending on who you have out there, you might not have to worry about it. … I know what Magic is saying, and I’m sure it’s how most people look at it: If you’re not going to be a playoff team, you’re better off getting as high a (draft) pick as you can. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Taylor's Wolves haven't been to the playoffs in 10 seasons. This is expected to be No. 11 in a row. "This year, knowing that I have (coach Flip Saunders), knowing we have some really good resources, I just understand we're going to go through part of our growing process," Taylor said. "For some reason, I'm more accepting of it. I haven't found myself feeling terribly sad or terribly uncomfortable. I'm more patient." St. Paul Pioneer Press

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In five years working under Flip Saunders and Randy Wittman, Cassell was able to see the Wizards rise from league-wide laughingstock to a legitimate playoff contender. Wall and Beal both credited Cassell for helping them improve. Wall ranks second in the league assists and third in steals and Beal has been slowly recovering from a left wrist injury that kept him out the first nine games. “It was great,” Cassell said of working with Wall and Beal. “I don’t think John had a great playoffs last year. He was solid. He was solid. Like I always tell him, ‘John, you’re the best decoy we can have.’ It’s just not him scoring the ball, it’s all the other intangible things John Wall brings to the basketball court that’s going to make him one of the best guards in this league.” Washington Post

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In a season beset by injuries, illness, a family death and now 16 losses in the first 20 games, Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders drew a comparison from his team’s plight to an old-time board game on a night it lost its sixth consecutive game, 102-86 to Golden State at Target Center on Monday. “You ever play the game of Risk?” Saunders asked. “I feel like I’m Macedonia with two people, and I’m surrounded by like 50 people and countries on every side and I have to roll 12s for 49 straight times.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Flip Saunders's Timberwolves, on the other hand, take their third-worst halfcourt offense and drop anchor, dipping down 13.8 points to 71.4 points per 100 possessions. It's a telling coincidence that they've got poor Thad Young putting up 3.2 ATO possessions a game at the same dire 0.714 PPP. Like the Knicks with Melo, the Wolves get Thad posted up. Except unlike the Knicks, the Wolves don't do a very good job of getting him space. Deadspin

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Saunders said the team is talking to agents and looking through Development League prospects for potential help. “We’re going to have to wait and see if we can bring somebody in who we think is going to be serviceable and can help,” he said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Martin will be examined again in the coming days to see if surgery will be performed. The Wolves termed him out indefinitely, but the absence likely will be at least six weeks. The Wolves can petition the NBA for a roster exception so they could sign a player without having to waive one, but to do so they would have make three players inactive for the next 10 days. Martin and Rubio are certainties for that, but Saunders wants to wait and see if Pekovic or Turiaf will be ready to play before that. “I don’t think there’s anybody as good as Pekovic out there right now,” Saunders said. “Guys who aren’t playing in our league, there’s probably a reason.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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It’s interesting to note that things might have been different with Love and his desire to stay in Minnesota had not the Wolves dealt away another very good big man in July 2010. McHale was gone before that happened. “The year I was let go, I said to the owner, ‘If you keep Kevin Love and Al (Jefferson) together, you’ll have a really good (No.) 4 and 5,’ ” he said. “And last year I think one was second-team All-Pro (Love) and one was third-team All-Pro (Jefferson), so you could have had two really good building blocks there. “I thought they had a chance, if they kept them together, to be really good. But then they changed management, and Al gets traded for a loaf of bread and a bunch of other stuff (to Utah for Kosta Koufos and two picks), so none of that got to happen. The whole key was building around those two guys. If you have two of the top 15 players in the league, you have a chance to be a pretty good team.” Boston Herald

Saunders, who had come back to run the club and was also taking on coaching duties, was trying to get all he could for Love, whom he eventually dealt to Cleveland in a three-team maneuver that netted top overall draft picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett and more. “I just knew that Flip was in a really tough position,” McHale told the Herald. “You’re almost in a no-win position, because you’re going to try to get back assets — you’re trying to get back young players — and then you’re going to try to tell your people to be patient while those young players try to hopefully move up to where you can be competitive again. Boston Herald

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The clock was ticking down on Halloween night, and millions of dollars hung in the balance for Ricky Rubio and several other players who entered the NBA in 2011 and were up for extensions of their rookie contracts. To make matters worse, they were faced with weighty decisions about their futures while regular season games were being played, leading many involved in the process to express concern about the timing of the deadline. These are talks that could make players free agents after the season if not nailed down, and though they deserve the full attention of everyone involved, the Oct. 31 deadline means many negotiations drag into the regular season. Many hope the date will be moved up. "It becomes very difficult," Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders said. "The league encourages you, if you got a game that night, you might want to get that thing done. It would be beneficial to have the date moved before the start of the regular season." Boston Herald

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