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The Minnesota Timberwolves hired Flip Saunders as the team's new president of basketball operations on Friday, bringing him back eight years after he was fired as the head coach. Saunders replaces David Kahn, who was fired on Thursday after four seasons on the job, and he will have a minority stake in the franchise.
Bringing Saunders back into the fold marks a return to the only real success the team has had since coming into the league in 1989. He coached the Wolves from 1995-2005, leading them to eight straight playoff appearances, including a run to the Western Conference finals in 2004.
Saunders was fired the next season, and the franchise has cratered since his departure. Kevin Garnett was traded, Kevin McHale was fired and the Wolves have not been back to the playoffs since Saunders was on the sideline. Even after a difficult exit, Saunders managed to maintain a close relationship with Wolves owner Glen Taylor. The two talked often as Saunders worked his...