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Adding Nemanja Bjelica up next for Timberwolves?

The Minnesota Timberwolves appear to be poised to add another top-10 2015 draft pick to the fold. At least, head coach and president of operations Flip Saunders believes Nemanja Bjelica would have been one of the top selections in this year's draft had he been available. Instead, Minnesota acquired the rights to Bjelica in a 2010 draft-day trade and have watched as his game has blossomed...
Via Fox Sports North
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Ervin: Pieces are now in place for Timberwolves to become something special

MINNEAPOLIS -- Local television reporter, reiterating a quip he heard floating around sometime on draft night as downtown Minneapolis hummed with newfound, basketball-related enthusiasm: "The Timberwolves walk into a bar. Only two of them can order a drink." Wolves No. 1 overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns, quickly turning the smattering of press-conference giggles into a collective...
Via Fox Sports North
4 days ago  |  Discuss

For Wolves draft picks Towns and Jones, family forged their success

MINNEAPOLIS -- By the time ESPN could get a camera pointed at Karl-Anthony Towns' parents on draft night, Karl Sr. and Jacqueline Cruz had already donned slate-blue Timberwolves snapback hats, emblazoned with a howling canine above a moonlit basketball. The next day, as their son was formally introduced to the Twin Cities, the lids were still in place -- no word if mom and dad ever...
Via Fox Sports North
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Strengths, Weaknesses Of All 30 NBA Teams Entering Draft, Free Agency

The following infographics show the percentile rankings for all 30 teams in the critical categories of offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, rebound percentage, assist percentage, three-point percentage and foul rate during the 14-15 regular season. Minnesota Timberwolves The Wolves were the worst team in the NBA on defense and weren't much better on offense. Flip Saunders...
Via RealGM - NBA
9 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA draft rumors: ‘Wolves seeking another first-round pick?

Though the Minnesota Timberwolves own the first overall pick in tonight’s NBA Draft, the team may not be done right then and there. According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, GM Flip Saunders may be looking to acquire another first round pick. I'm not sure if this is out there, but I'm hearing that the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to acquire an additional first-round...
Via Campus Sports Net
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders, Timberwolves ready to shine on NBA draft night

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have spent the last 11 years hidden in the NBA shadows. Now the organization is preparing for a rare moment in the sun. The Timberwolves have the first pick in the draft on Thursday night for the first time in the franchise's hard-luck history. Team president and coach Flip Saunders says it should be ''the best draft day this organization...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Karl-Anthony Towns Hasn't Received Draft Promise From Wolves

If the Minnesota Timberwolves have decided upon Karl-Anthony Towns as their selection with the first overall pick, they haven't informed him of it yet. "If I had a promise I would go start eating ice cream and getting fat," Towns joked to The Associated Press on Monday evening. "There is absolutely no promise at all. Right now I'm just trying to see where I'll be playing. I have...
Via RealGM
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Timberwolves tell Towns they're drafting him

The NBA draft is on Thursday, and the Minnesota Timberwolves can take any player they want. Over the past few weeks there's been much speculation as to who Flip Saunders will choose, but it appears he's made up his mind. Here's SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria with more on which prospect is set to become the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft:"The Minnesota Timberwolves have informed...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves Expected To Eventually Decide Upon Towns Over Okafor

Flip Saunders traveled to Thousand Oaks, California last week to watch a workout for Karl-Anthony Towns. Despite being a supporter of Jahlil Okafor all season, sources assured Chad Ford that Saunders will ultimately decide to select Towns. Okafor remains in the picture and was in Minnesota this week. The Wolves have also tried to get D'Angelo Russell in for a workout, as well as...
Via RealGM
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers Draft Rumors: Team “Locked In” On Jahlil Okafor?

With around two weeks to go until the NBA Draft, it’s still unclear just what the Minnesota Timberwolves will do with their number one overall pick. Flip Saunders has been rumored to be in love with Jahlil Okafor, though the general consensus at this point is that Karl-Anthony Towns is the better all-around prospect. In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix...
Via Lakerholicz.com
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards Strongly Considered Drafting Klay Thompson Instead Of Vesely

The Washington Wizards considered picking Klay Thompson in the 2011 NBA Draft at No. 6 instead of Jan Vesely. Thompson blew Flip Saunders away at a pre-draft camp, but Vesely was considered a safer pick and was ranked higher on most boards. Vesely is no longer in the NBA. “We toyed with it,” Saunders said. “But heaven forbid you go out of the box and pick someone you’re higher...
Via RealGM
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Garnett is helping Minnesota choose the No. 1 pick

Kevin Garnett is a 39-year-old living legend. He knows how to win, and how to motivate teammates. Few players are better communicators off and on the court. The Minnesota Timberwolves know this, which is why they're including him in the draft process. They have the first overall pick, and, according to Sporting News, want Garnett's unique opinion before choosing which prospect is...
Via Fox Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders is 'assuming' Kevin Garnett will not retire

Kevin Garnett is 39 years old and clearly nearing the end of his amazing career. But the Minnesota Timberwolves are hoping (and thinking) it's not over quite yet. Here's what team president and head coach Flip Saunders recently told Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix about his veteran big man:“I’ll say this: when we traded for [Garnett], I traded for him with the idea that...
Via Fox Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Flip Saunders prefers Okafor but staff likes Towns

Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns are the consensus top prospects for the 2015 NBA draft, and the Minnesota Timberwolves hold the No. 1 overall selection. So, which power forward will Minnesota select? According to ESPN’s Chad Ford (subscription required), T-Wolves head coach and President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders prefers Okafor. “...
Via Sportsnaut
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders Still Favors Okafor Over Towns

Flip Saunders prefers Jahlil Okafor over Karl-Anthony Towns right now, according to virtually all sources Chad Ford has spoken with. Towns ascended to the top spot ahead of Okafor on most teams draft boards by the end of the NCAA Tournament. Okafor has an advanced low post game, but Towns' ability on defense and the potential of his perimeter shot matches up with what most NBA teams...
Via RealGM
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders still thinks Minnesota should've won it all in 2004

Flip Saunders has never won a championship, but he strongly believes 2004 was his team's for the taking. Saunders was with Minnesota at the time, riding a ferocious Kevin Garnett through the postseason until they went up against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.But the Timberwolves lost, in part due to a hip injury suffered by point guard Sam Cassell. Saunders...
Via Fox Sports
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Saunders has several huge decisions in front of him

Almost every team in the league wishes they were in Minnesota's position right now. The Timberwolves have Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins already on board, and are about to add another first overall pick to their roster. But nothing is guaranteed in the NBA, and president of basketball operations/head coach Flip Saunders can't afford to bungle the string of critical decisions...
Via Fox Sports
May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Taylor expects Saunders to keep coaching Wolves

Flip Saunders currently fills a very difficult and controversial role for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He builds and coaches the team, at the same time. Not many are up for this difficult task, and it's probably wise to eventually hire someone else to take at least one of the positions off Saunders' hands.But according to St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Charley Walters, Saunders will...
Via Fox Sports
May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders may not be the coach of the Timberwolves for much longer

After an extensive coaching search following Rick Adelman's retirement, Flip Saunders decided that the best coach for the Timberwolves was...Flip Saunders (despite the fact that Saunders earlier said he didn't think he'd coach again). There was never any timetable as to how long Saunders would be the coach. however. In a recent interview with NBC Sports, 'Wolves owner Glen Taylor...
Via Fox Sports
May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Lakers Likely To Pick Remaining Big With 2nd Overall Pick

The Los Angeles Lakers will consider D'Angelo Russell, but the early indications are that they will choose whichever highly touted big man the Minnesota Timberwolves pass on with the first overall pick. Karl-Anthony Towns is widely considered the top prospect in the draft, but reports have indicated that Flip Saunders also will strongly consider Jahlil Okafor. Many NBA executives...
Via RealGM
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Timerwolves go crazy celebrating winning NBA draft lottery (Video)

The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday night and celebrated like a bunch of mad men. This video was uploaded to YouTube by the T-Wolves and it shows coach/GM Flip Saunders and others cheering each time another team’s ping pong ball came up before theirs. Saunders was the most vocal, yelling, “Just...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Looks Like Flip Saunders Was Pumped About Winning the NBA Draft Lottery

A bad season of basketball was rewarded in a big way Tuesday night as the Minnesota Timberwolves, owners of the worst record in the NBA, won the Draft Lottery for the first time ever. How pumped was head coach (and president of basketball operations) Flip Saunders? Very. As you can see in the video below, Flip just about lost his **** watching the top three picks be unveiled. At...
Via Busted Coverage
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Flip Saunders really likes Jahlil Okafor, could pass on Karl-Anthony Towns

Tuesday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves found out that they will have the number one pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Most draft experts believe that there is only two players in the running for that pick. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns are franchise changing big men that teams cannot afford to pass on. While the consensus is that Towns should be the...
Via No Guts, No Glory
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders thinks the draft is more than a 'two-man race'

The Minnesota Timberwolves have a fairly difficult decision ahead of them. With the first overall pick in this year's draft, the Flip Saunders and company have to decide between taking Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns. Except, according to Saunders, it's an even tougher decision than that, since he sees this draft as much more open than some think. "'It's not really a two-player...
Via Fox Sports
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Wolves finally come out on top after heartache, bad luck

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) His voice cracking and tears welling in his eyes, Flip Saunders pointed to the sky about 20 minutes after the Minnesota Timberwolves - the franchise that has been down on its luck for most of the past 25 years - won the draft lottery to get the No. 1 overall selection. ''My dad,'' Saunders said, unable to complete the sentence. ''Sometimes you have to have luck...
Via AP on Fox
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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