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Saunders didn’t offer the job to Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger as reported, though they did have discussions. Joerger, a Staples, Minn., native, ended up signing a contract extension with the Grizzlies on May 27. “First of all, the interview process was interesting,” Saunders said. “We talked to a lot of people, a lot of good people. Some college guys, [Michigan State’s] Tom Izzo is a friend of mine, [Iowa State’s] Freddie Hoiberg. When you go through that situation they have things they want to do. To coach at [the NBA] level is difficult because there’s a lot of factors that get involved. So when it came down to it and we started going through everybody, I went to Glen this week and I said, ‘Here’s some options we have.’ Then Glen said, based on where our team is right now, I think you’re the best viable option to coach this team and move forward.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

June 5, 2014 Updates

Saunders didn’t offer the job to Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger as reported, though they did have discussions. Joerger, a Staples, Minn., native, ended up signing a contract extension with the Grizzlies on May 27. “First of all, the interview process was interesting,” Saunders said. “We talked to a lot of people, a lot of good people. Some college guys, [Michigan State’s] Tom Izzo is a friend of mine, [Iowa State’s] Freddie Hoiberg. When you go through that situation they have things they want to do. To coach at [the NBA] level is difficult because there’s a lot of factors that get involved. So when it came down to it and we started going through everybody, I went to Glen this week and I said, ‘Here’s some options we have.’ Then Glen said, based on where our team is right now, I think you’re the best viable option to coach this team and move forward.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

May 21, 2014 Updates

Dan Barreiro: After extensive meetings and a conversation as recently as last night, the Izzo-to-Timberwolves dream is officially dead. By meetings and conversations, I'm referring to talks between Flip and Izzo. Safe to say relationship between the two kept it alive as long as it did, but open questions here, Izzo empire, too much for him to lose. Twitter

May 19, 2014 Updates

In a story posted on its website on Sunday, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the Michigan State coach was offered the same deal that went to Stan Van Gundy — five years, $35 million, and control of basketball operations. That same report said Izzo declined the Pistons’ offer, and Izzo also was contacted by the Cavaliers after they fired coach Mike Brown. The Pistons never made an offer to Izzo, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Detroit News. Detroit News

Korn Ferry, a consulting firm, was hired by the Pistons to handle the initial search and 25-30 names were on that list, including Izzo and Michigan coach John Beilein, according to the source. Pistons owner Tom Gores did acknowledge he talked in person to one other candidate, but it’s unlikely it would’ve been Izzo. Steve Kerr, who wound up taking the Golden State coaching job, seems to have been the more plausible candidate in Platinum Equity’s eyes. Detroit News

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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said he'll remain with the Spartans next season despite rumors that he is a candidate for NBA openings in Minnesota and Detroit. "First of all, I'm going to be at Michigan State,'' Izzo said Wednesday on ESPNU's College Basketball podcast. "I still listen to things every day in our town about Nick Saban saying I'm not going to be the Alabama coach [when Saban was coach of the Miami Dolphins]. Nobody knows where any of us are going to be. You have to look at your track record and, over all these years, is this what he's done?" ESPN.com

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Two college coaches mentioned as candidates to replace Adelman, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg, aren’t likely to take the job because of their popularity and security at their respective schools. The Wolves could be a playoff contender next season with the personnel additions they made this year, but Izzo or Hoiberg probably won’t move unless offered a fantastic contract with big money. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

March 31, 2014 Updates

When Tom Izzo was asked after Sunday’s season-ending 60-54 loss to Connecticut in the East Regional final about “rumors swirling” that pro teams might have interest in him, he said: “Well, if (so), they’re forgetting to call me.” “What lurks ahead for me? I really do love it here,” Izzo said after his 19th season and 17th straight NCAA tournament. “I mean my (athletic director) and president are phenomenal. My family likes it here. There are things in the NBA that are frustrating, too. But there are some things in college that are very, very frustrating.” Detroit Free Press

March 28, 2014 Updates

It should be noted that Saunders is close with Michigan State's Tom Izzo as well, but the rumbles out of 'Sota are getting louder that the Wolves are going to court Hoiberg hard should they, as expected, have an opening. ESPN.com

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