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Lucky 13? Wolves appear locked into draft position

MINNEAPOLIS -- A look at the long faces in the Minnesota locker room lately suggests a group of men who wish next season was already here. For the guys who work in the Target Center office above them, though, it already is. With the Timberwolves sitting at 39-39 following its loss to Chicago on Wednesday, they're almost assuredly locked into their 2014 draft position. That means...
Via Fox Sports North
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Love takes center stage in Timberwolves' win over Grizzlies

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Love's eyes widened as soon as Flip Saunders showed him the list. 20. 10. 5. There are a select few that have averaged that many points, rebounds and assists in a season. Kareem. Bird. Wilt. A guy named Garnett. Michael Jordan's not among the 16 names on it. Neither is Magic Johnson. But Saunders, the Timberwolves' president of basketball operations...
Via Fox Sports North
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves improved from 3 this season -- but just barely

MINNEAPOLIS -- Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders calls it "popcorn basketball." It's the kind of half-court offense Rick Adelman's perfected in 23 years as a head coach -- passes popping from one set of hands to the other, while off-the-ball screens open the next target for his turn to receive the rock. Eventually, the opposition falls...
Via Fox Sports North
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves Thursday: Love says no truth to opt-out story

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Love said he and Flip Saunders shared a good chuckle when they arrived at the Target Center on Thursday morning. A report that Love told Saunders he plans to opt out of his contract after next season is absolutely false, Love told reporters after practice. It's long been rumored the All-Star Timberwolves power forward will do just that in the summer of 2015...
Via Fox Sports North
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders refutes report that Kevin Love has said he’ll opt out of contract

Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders denied reports by veteran NBA reporter Peter Vecsey that Kevin Love informed him that the power forward intends to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract following the 2014-15 season and sign on with another team. Prior 2 AS break, KL alerted Flip he’ll exercise summer ’15 […]The post Flip Saunders...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders: Kevin Love not getting traded

Everyone wants the trade deadline to involve some type of blockbuster deal that changes the face of the NBA. It happens every year and we get a little ahead of ourselves. With free agency creeping up for both Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony, it was getting to be widely assumed that both teams might look to move them if they cannot get any guarantees they will resign. That is at...
Via Bloguin Best
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders: Kevin Love not getting traded

Everyone wants the trade deadline to involve some type of blockbuster deal that changes the face of the NBA. It happens every year and we get a little ahead of ourselves. With free agency creeping up for both Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony, it was getting to be widely assumed that both teams might look to move them if they cannot get any guarantees they will resign. That is at...
Via Crossover Chronicles
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders denies report Kevin Love has told Wolves he will opt out

The flurry of rumors that are synonymous with the NBA trade deadline had already started to build around the Minnesota Timberwolves before Wednesday. All-Star forward Kevin Love's name has come up repeatedly, but there have been strong indications that the Wolves are not looking to deal Love before Thursday's 2 p.m. deadline. However, longtime NBA columnist Peter Vecsey...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Kevin Love wants out of Minny and the Celtics are an option (allegedly)

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Wolves fans’ nightmare has come true, earlier than scheduled. We knew Love’d split ASA eligible ’14-15. But now he’s forcing premature exit — Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) February 20, 2014   Prior 2 AS...
Via Red's Army
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Saunders Denies Love Has Alerted Timberwolves He Wants Trade, Will Opt Out In 2015

Flip Saunders denied a report by Peter Vecsey that stated on Wednesday night that Kevin Love has alerted the Minnesota Timberwolves he will exercise the opt out clause in his contract in 2015 and sign elsewhere. "Rumors of Love telling me he's opting out & wants 2 b traded r false," Saunders posted on his Twitter account. "Last convo I had w/ him was him telling...
Via RealGM
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Reading the trades: Wolves unlikely to deal at NBA's deadline

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's about 2 1/2 days until the NBA trade deadline, and the rumor mill in Minneapolis is turning only slightly. A perusal of the latest online sources for alleged front-office rumblings turns up little more than the name Kevin Love, and that's more in reference to teams keeping their options open for next summer when the Timberwolves star can become a free...
Via Fox Sports North
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Wolves, Lynx to get new practice facility

MINNEAPOLIS -- At long last, the Timberwolves and Lynx get to move out of the basement. The NBA and WNBA franchises announced Tuesday afternoon they'll have a brand new, state-of-the-art practice facility to call home by the time training camp opens next season. The new digs will sit directly across First Avenue from the Target Center in what's currently known as Block E...
Via Fox Sports North
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Wolves' dilemma: Healthy team, not enough minutes

MINNEAPOLIS -- Once back during his coaching days, Flip Saunders decided to survey his players. The question: How many minutes per game do you think you deserve? When the current Timberwolves president of basketball operations added up the responses, the sum was somewhere around 400. Problem is, Saunders said, "there's only 240 in a game. That's the toughest thing to...
Via Fox Sports North
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where green runs deep into the rest of the NBA

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. History is obviously a very important aspect of the Celtics, and it certainly helps that so much of theirs is positive. Both Flip Saunders, who spent the 2012 with the Celts as a coaching consultant, and Doc Rivers...
Via Red's Army
January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Williams proves to be another Timberwolves miss made by David Kahn

MINNEAPOLIS -- Flip Saunders recognized he'd be returning to a mess in the Twin Cities. What he may not have known was how painstaking the cleanup could become. The Timberwolves officially announced Tuesday they've sent Derrick Williams to Sacramento in a straight-up exchange for Luc Mbah a Moute, a deal that sends away a young, healthy No. 2 overall draft pick for a second...
Via Fox Sports North
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Williams proves to be another Timberwolves miss made by David Kahn

MINNEAPOLIS -- Flip Saunders recognized he'd be returning to a mess in the Twin Cities. What he may not have known was how painstaking the cleanup could become. The Timberwolves officially announced Tuesday they've sent Derrick Williams to Sacramento in a straight-up exchange for Luc Mbah a Moute, a deal that sends away a young, healthy No. 2 overall draft pick for a second...
Via Fox Sports North
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders gives players Wolves coin for good luck

MINNEAPOLIS -- Coming off a 31-51 season ravaged by injuries, it's apparent the Timberwolves require a reversal of fortunes this season. Like the coach he used to be, Flip Saunders tried to do his superstitious part Monday, a day before All Hallows' Eve. Minnesota's president of basketball operations handed each player, coach and staff member a two-sided coin to "...
Via Fox Sports North
October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Saunders will watch from a different angle

(Eds: Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.) By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer Flip Saunders' presence can often be felt before he is even heard as he makes the rounds at Target Center. The Minnesota Timberwolves' new basketball boss likes to sneak up behind unsuspecting folks and give them a squeeze on the shoulder, with a vise-like grip clamping down and a wry smile...
Via AP on Fox
October 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Adelman and Saunders bond in Minnesota

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer Flip Saunders took over as Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations in May and he has been shaking hands and kissing babies ever since. The social butterfly has met with everyone from his star power forward to those responsible for the music in the arena as he tries to put his fingerprints on the organization...
Via AP on Fox
October 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Wolves' Flip Saunders, Milt Newton hope familiarity breeds contender

MINNEAPOLIS -- Flip Saunders and Milt Newton expect to clash. They plan on disagreeing and debating, a collision of ideologies and philosophies hoped to result in better-informed decisions regarding most aspects of the Timberwolves' operations. It's why Saunders hired Newton two weeks ago, and it's part of why Newton's so enthused as he lays ink to the next chapter...
Via Fox Sports North
September 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Wolves' Flip Saunders, Milt Newton hope familiarity breeds contender

MINNEAPOLIS -- Flip Saunders and Milt Newton expect to clash. They plan on disagreeing and debating, a collision of ideologies and philosophies hoped to result in better-informed decisions regarding most aspects of the Timberwolves' operations. It's why Saunders hired Newton two weeks ago, and it's part of why Newton's so enthused as he lays ink to the next chapter...
Via Fox Sports North
September 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders Doesn't Expect Return To Coaching

Flip Saunders is excited as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves' front office and the 58-year-old does not expect a return to coaching for now -- even including if and when Rick Adelman decides to stop coaching for good. "I'm extremely happy where I'm at," Saunders said. "I never get into hypotheticals or what ifs, or what coulds, because you never really...
Via RealGM
September 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Timberwolves hire Newton as GM

The Minnesota Timberwolves hired former Washington Wizards executive Milt Newton as general manager Friday, with new president of basketball operations Flip Saunders tabbing a familiar face to help him reshape the franchise's front office. Newton spent the previous 10 years with the Wizards, most recently serving as vice president of player personnel. He worked closely with...
Via AP on Fox
September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Wolves hire Milt Newton as general manager

MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Timberwolves' exoskeletal makeover complete, Flip Saunders decided some extra help is needed to keep front-office matters churning efficiently. The team announced Friday the long-rumored hiring of Milt Newton as its new general manager, providing Saunders the right-hand man he's desired since rejoining the franchise in May. Given his vast web of NBA...
Via Fox Sports North
September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Wolves hire Milt Newton as general manager

MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Timberwolves' exoskeletal makeover complete, Flip Saunders decided some extra help is needed to keep front-office matters churning efficiently. The team announced Friday the long-rumored hiring of Milt Newton as its new general manager, providing Saunders the right-hand man he's desired since rejoining the franchise in May. Given his vast web of NBA...
Via Fox Sports North
September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

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