The Minnesota Timberwolves have never made the playoffs without Flip Saunders on their bench. If they qualify for the postseason next year, it appears that will still be the case.
T-Wolves president Flip Saunders has hired himself to fill the team’s vacant head coaching position, ESPN reported Thursday. Saunders, who has coached Minnesota to all eight of its playoff appearances, reportedly decided to take the job after interviewing a number of uninspiring candidates.
Saunders confirmed the news to USA Today.
Minnesota team prez Flip Saunders confirms in text to USAT that -as folks close to search suspected all along- he'll coach T-Wolves himself—
Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 05, 2014
Saunders interviewed Vinny Del Negro, Sam Mitchell, Lionel Hollins and Scott Skiles, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. The Wolves reportedly offered the job to Dave Joerger, but Joerger opted to remain with the Memphis Grizzlies.
This move adds some intrigue to the ongoing Kevin Love trade talk. As team president, Saunders was not keen on trading Love. As a coach, he might be even less inclined to deal his best player. The Celtics’ quest to land Love might have just gotten even tougher.
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