HoopsHype Flip Saunders rumors

November 22, 2014 Updates

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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Garnett’s 25 minutes against the Timberwolves pushed him past 49,000 for his career. Garnett, playing his 20th season, is fifth all-time in minutes played in NBA history, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Jason Kidd and Elvin Hayes. When asked before the game if his former star pupil could become a coach in the future, Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders didn’t hesitate with his response. “No,” Saunders said with a smile. “What he could be is he could be a good consultant, short-term stuff. “He’s got great knowledge, and he’d be great working with players. But his frustration … he gets frustrated pretty easy. That would be pretty tough on a coach. “He might be a short-term guy, but it’s not because of lack of knowledge. His personality, his DNA, he’d get too frustrated. New York Post

November 6, 2014 Updates

But, in an alternate universe, Hollins already could have been working elsewhere , had the Timberwolves — one of several teams, including the Lakers, that spoke to Hollins this offseason — worked out a deal with him. That didn’t happen, though, and part-owner and team president of basketball operations Flip Saunders returned to the sidelines to coach the team instead, a decision Saunders said he made because of the uncertainty at the time surrounding the status of superstar forward Kevin Love. “We talked a lot about it,” Saunders said before his Timberwolves beat the Nets 98-91 in Brooklyn. “I think Lionel is a great coach. … But that whole thing was because of the Love situation. There was too much of the unknowns. Lionel, he’s a team who took a team to a conference finals, I thought that he was going to go to a veteran type team, and I couldn’t guarantee him that would be this type of team. New York Post

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The Wolves initially offered Rubio a four-year, $44 million extension, urging him to take less money to give them the most flexibility going forward so they could build a team around him. Fegan and Akana knew the new $24 billion television contracts that are set to fully kick in in 2016 will change the economic landscape of the league. And with Love gone, Rubio was the new face of the Timberwolves, so they advocated for their client. "We didn't always see eye to eye, which is always good and the way it goes with agents," Saunders said Saturday. "We worked hard because I think all parties involved knew that the No. 1 thing that Ricky wanted is Ricky wanted to be here." NBA.com

Saunders made a point not to discuss business on the court and said Rubio made an even better impression on Saunders the coach than he did Saunders the executive. "You're watching so much film every day of your team from practice and that so you see the things that he does," Saunders said. "You see how he deals with the other teammates and how he deals with the coaching staff. I believe there's no question coaching him helped me from the perspective of I knew we wanted him, but wanting him even more." NBA.com

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