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They're here! Newest Wolves in town for Tuesday's State Fair intro. Strib photo by Rich Tsong from reception tonight http://t.co/j8DMUXgEXo
New Wolves' introductory news conference is 1 pm Tues at State Fair, corner of Dan Patch & Nelson (Ch. 9 space). Fans encouraged to attend
It's been real Seattle love being home but it's Time to get it on!
Wait, was it even a question that Cassel was going to start?
Wheels Up ✈️
Still kind of shaking my head that arguably the unluckiest franchise in the NBA finally caught some breaks to help get a deal for Love
You can still get a Kirilenko and Derrick W shirt at deep discount at Wolves' State Fair booth but all Love-related items are long gone
He calls is Chameleon Training because "they adapt to survive." Focuses less on weight, more on body composition. Promises big results
Spoke to the man training Shabazz and Turiaf. He says he's not a Navy Seal. Does train special ops. Training is called Chameleon Training.
Flip also indicated he'll take a look at Gorgui playing some 4 because he can defend guys out on the floor, and Pek can't
Another thing or two here from Flip this morning...Said he thinks guys like Shabazz and "Drew" can play some 4 in this changing NBA
Back in our LF seats (until Mrs. W gets too hot) & multiple fans wondering aloud about who Schafer is. Not a knock on them, by the way.
Flip said Sixers initially expressed interest in Bennett but made it clear he never was going to make Bennett available
Flip said he has coached CBA teams who played style this Wolves team can, but not an NBA team that has 3 guys w/ 44-plus inch leaps
Flip suggested it'll be tricky finding a roster spot for GRIII but then talked like he expects him to be on team
Flip hopes more time for Gorgui and limiting the stretches Pek plays will help keep the big fella on the floor more
Flip is confident they can manage Pek's injury threat after summer when they've had him fitted for a new shoe & has him working w/ trainers
Flip also said team will hire a shooting coach for this season. Rubio, Budinger & others have been working w/ one based on LA
Flip hopes Shabazz will be 15 pounds lighter by time camp starts
He said Shabazz has been at a multi-week boot camp run by an ex-Navy Seal that Flip says will have Shabazz in best shape of his life
Here in some upcoming tweets are a few things Flip revealed to the masses back behind the Strib State fair booth this morning...
Flip will be stopping by at the Strib State Fair location in about 10 minutes to talk trade. Stop by behind booth right in front grandstand
New buyers of Wolves' half-season ticket plans get invited to a Tuesday meet and greet with the new players
Wiggins, Young & Bennett jerseys on sale Wednesday at Wolves' State Fair booth.
At the State Fair today? Stop by the Star Tribune location at 11 am for a Q and A session about the trade etc. w/ Flip and yours truly
Last couple days in the 6 ! Let's get it
If you're headed to the Fair in morning, Flip will join me behind Strib booth about 11 am. Bring yourselves & your questions
Milt Newton on Thad: "i think he will be better statistically than he's ever been based on all the options he will have in the offense."
In the tic-tac-toe of trades, worth noting that Derrick Williams was shipped for Luc Mbah a Moute, who was then dealt for Thaddeus Young.
After trade, Andrew Wiggins texted Flip Saunders, saying he was finishing 1st workout, going to 2nd. Flip said it was example of work ethic.
If you're at the State Fair tomorrow, not only will I be at Strib booth, but Flip will stop by to chat & answer your questions around 11 am
Talked w/ Flip 1-on-1. Didn't bite when I asked him if he makes this trade if Love had 2 or 3 years left on deal. No doubt return is solid.
Flip says scouted Wiggins as most ready-made two-way player in draft.
Flip: definitely will be some excitement at target center. Trying to focus on substance and excitement
Flip: "what am I gonna do now?" On it all finally ending
FLip says new players fit NBA's new age, exciting, athletic, etc.
Flip:" we've all of a sudden become athletic and fast instead of slow and plodding
Flip uses words "exciting, athletic and fast:" to describe team now
Flip said Young acquisition was important to get experienced PF to fill Love's starting spot.
Flip on Wiggins: "He's not afraid of the weather. He's from Canada."
Flip says he'll give young players as much responsibility as they can accept. Expects Wiggins to be willing to accept a lot
Flip said he didn't know if team had identity. Believes they're closer now. Athletic and can defend
Flip says he "feels good' that team has taken steps for an identity. "Exciting, team that can get up floor," improved ability to defend
Flip: "Kevin is a unique player so we had to get a unique player in return or players."
Flip: "KEvin's a unique player. We felt we needed a unique player or players back in return."
Flip: "Kevin said de wanted to win. Unfortunately for him and our organization we haven't done that"
Flip said he remained comfortable bringing Love back this season.
Flip: "Kevin put in some great years here...As time went on it became evident, there was very much a question" if he wanted to stay here.
Flip announcing 4 months' work: "We had a vision what we were trying to do" about trying to change identity of team. "Today is that day."