Flip Saunders to Coach Timberwolves, Official Announcement Friday

Updated: 06/05/2014 2:26 PM
Created: 06/05/2014 10:04 AM
By: Megan Stewart

Flip Saunders is moving out of the front office to coach the Minnesota Timberwolves, two league sources tell KSTP's Darren Wolfson.

Saunders was hired last season as president of basketball operations. After the team's search to replace the retired Rick Adelman was snagged by Kevin Love's uncertain future in Minnesota, it was determined that Saunders should step in to coach the team. The people requested anonymity Thursday because the team has not officially announced the move.

Saunders coached the team from 1995-2005. He has taken the Timberwolves to the only eight playoff appearances in franchise history, including the Western Conference finals in 2004.

Saunders will continue to work with GM Milt Newton in the front office while handling coaching duties.

Timberwolves forward Robbie Hummel, a restricted free agent this summer, said he is looking forward to Saunders coaching the team.

"I think its great," Hummel said. "It's someone we all know and really respect. Anytime you can hire someone with the pedigree and number of wins that Flip has, I think you have to look at that as a successful hire."

A news conference to introduce Saunders as the head coach is set for 1 p.m. Friday at Target Center.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Then Washington Wizards head coach Flip Saunders shouts at an official in the second quarter during their NBA basketball game against Portland Trail Blazers March 22, 2011.
Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer, File
Flip Saunders
Photo: Minnesota Timberwolves

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