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Flip Saunders Unlikely To Return As Head Coach This Season

Oct 2, 2015 12:42 PM

Flip Saunders is unlikely to return to the sidelines as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves this season, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

"There’s no question things have changed dramatically since the team announced his diagnosis in August, back when it quoted his doctors saying the cancer was very treatable and curable," wrote Zgoda. "Since then there have been changes to the way his body handled the chemotherapy (and maybe how much cancer they’ve found) that have made it life threatening. Everyone involved has gone radio silent because of the family’s request for privacy and federal patient-privacy laws, etc., but between the complete silence, the lack of people visiting as far as I can tell apart from his immediate family and very inner circle while he remains hospitalized here in Minneapolis and the things I’m hearing second-hand, well, none of it is good. I’ll just say this, and this is just my own opinion, if he pulls through this: I doubt very much he’s back this year, it’s probably unlikely he coaches again just because of the stress inherent doing both those jobs and I think there’s a pretty good chance he doesn’t return full time to either job."

"As far as the franchise goes, that will put them in a holding pattern for some time. I can’t see Glen Taylor allowing Milt Newton and Sam to make a major decision until they know more about Flip’s future and Glen decides who will run his team for the long term. I wouldn’t assume it’ll be Milt and Sam going forward, that’s just for the short term until things become clearer."

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

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Anthony Bennett Clears Waivers, Raptors Considered Frontrunners

Sep 25, 2015 6:55 PM

Anthony Bennett has cleared waivers and will become an unrestricted free agent.

The Toronto Raptors are a strong frontrunner to sign Bennett, who grew up in the area.

Bennett's reps pushed for a buyout with Minnesota and tried to dissuade teams from claiming him on waivers.

The Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers could have claimed Bennett using cap space, while the Cleveland Cavaliers could have used a trade exception to absorb Bennett.

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Wolves Not Discussing Ricky Rubio Trade

Sep 25, 2015 12:19 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves remain committed to keeping Ricky Rubio.

There have been rumors this offseason of a possible trade involving Rubio.

"We're not talking to anybody about trading Ricky," said Milt Newton.

Rubio "is an integral part of our team" and "one of the best facilitators in the NBA," added Newton.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

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Anthony Bennett Gave Up $2.15M For Buyout

Sep 23, 2015 9:13 PM

Anthony Bennett's buyout with the Minnesota Timberwolves was for $3.65 million, while his scheduled salary was for $5.8 million.

If he clears waivers, he may have to sign a minimum salary contract worth $947,000, thereby forfeiting about $1 million from his original salary.

Bennett was unlikely to receive much playing time in the Wolves' crowded frontcourt.

"When you look at our team, our deepest position is probably power forward," Wolves GM Milt Newton said in a statement issued by the team. "This move balances out our roster while also allowing Anthony another opportunity in the NBA. He has a lot of talent and his play this summer internationally made this a difficult decision for us."

Jon Krawczynski/AP

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Anthony Bennett Agrees To Buyout With Wolves

Sep 22, 2015 12:29 PM

Anthony Bennett has reached agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a buyout.

Bennett will become a free agent if he clears waivers.

The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to pursue Bennett with the presence of Jay Triano and David Vanerpool a factor.

Bennett was the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and no other team in the top-10 had plans of selecting him.

Shams Charania, Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Anthony Bennett, Wolves Progressing On Buyout Talks

Sep 21, 2015 5:39 PM

Anthony Bennett and the Minnesota Timberwolves are making progress on a buyout agreement.

The Wolves have failed to find a trade involving Bennett this offseason.

Bennett was the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bennett's agents have been eager for a contract buyout to allow him the chance for greater playing time.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Wolves Sign Nick Wiggins, Kleon Penn To Camp Deals

Sep 18, 2015 10:57 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed Nick Wiggins and Kleon Penn to non-guaranteed camp deals.

Nick Wiggins is the older brother of Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins played at Wichita State and was in the D-League last season after going undrafted.

Penn went undrafted out of McNeese State in 2009.

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Sam Mitchell To Become Interim Head Coach Of Wolves

Sep 10, 2015 3:59 PM

Sam Mitchell will be elevated to interim head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves as Flip Saunders battles cancer.

Sanders was diagnosed with treatable Hodgkin's Lymphoma in August.

Mitchell was last a head coach in 2008 with the Toronto Raptors and joined the Wolves as an assistant coach last season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Tayshaun Prince Agrees To One-Year Deal With Wolves

Aug 13, 2015 1:54 PM

Tayshaun Prince has agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves worth the veteran's minimum, according to a source.

Prince finished last season with the Detroit Pistons.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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Flip Saunders Undergoing Chemotherapy For Lymphoma

Aug 11, 2015 1:28 PM

Flip Saunders announced he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and is currently undergoing chemotherapy for what doctors call a "very treatable and curable form of cancer," the Minnesota Timberwolves announced.

Saunders will continue uninterrupted with his duties with the Timberwolves.

“I am taking it step by step and day by day to understand how to best manage this process,” said Saunders in a statement. “I want to thank Dr. Burns as well as my medical team at Mayo Clinic for their hard work in diagnosing my situation and creating a plan to help me achieve a cancer-free outcome. I am attacking this with the same passion I do everything in my life, knowing this is a serious issue. I also know that God has prepared me to fight this battle.”

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Sam Cassell Injured Hip In 2004 Playoffs Doing Big Balls Dance
Sam Cassell injured his hip before the start of the Western Conference Finals against the Lakers.

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Kevin Garnett Will Start For Wolves At Power Forward
Flip Saunders believes Kevin Garnett is the best power forward on the Wolves' roster.

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Saunders Hadn't Given Up On Re-Signing Love Before Wiggins' Trade
Flip Saunders was entirely prepared to keep Kevin Love as he entered free agency in 2015 until the Cavaliers approached the Wolves with the Andrew Wiggins' trade.

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Andre Miller, Wolves Agree Upon Deal
Andre Miller has reached agreement with the Wolves on a deal, league sources tell RealGM.

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Karl-Anthony Towns Had 4.0 GPA At Kentucky
Karl-Anthony Towns graduated from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen with a 3.96 GPA.

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Pacers Acquire Chase Budinger From Wolves For Damjan Rudez
Chase Budinger has averaged 8.5 points per game in his NBA career.

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Kevin Garnett, Wolves Agree Upon New Two-Year Deal
Kevin Garnett returned to the Wolves in February in a trade with the Nets.

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Demetris Nichols Talks With Grizzlies, Others About NBA Return
The Timberwolves and Pelicans have also inquired on Demetris Nichols, a source said.

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Nemanja Bjelica, Timberwolves Discuss Three-Year Deal While Exploring Options
Nemanja Bjelica has moved toward breaking into the NBA after being named the Euroleague MVP this past season.

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Wolves Decide To Select Karl-Anthony Towns At No. 1
The Wolves have long been expected to select Karl-Anthony Towns with the first overall pick and they've made their decision.

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Karl-Anthony Towns Hasn't Received Draft Promise From Wolves
The Timberwolves were the only team for which Karl-Anthony Towns held an individual workout.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves Schedule Meeting Friday
Karl-Anthony Towns will visit the Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Friday, league sources told RealGM.

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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.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Karl-Anthony Towns Declining Private Workout Invite From Lakers
Reports emerged in May that Karl-Anthony Towns would interview but not workout with the Wolves and Lakers.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News (h/t: The Score)

Emmanuel Mudiay Sets Lakers, Minnesota Workouts; T'Wolves Express Consideration For No. 1 Pick
The Timberwolves recently reached out to Emmanuel Mudiay and its front office laid out a vision for the roster with him, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine, sources said.

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Ricky Rubio: I'm Staying In Minnesota
Ricky Rubio popped up in trade rumors this week.

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Wolves Willing To Trade Ricky Rubio In Right Deal
Ricky Rubio is still just 24 and is one of the game's most gifted passers, but he has yet to develop his perimeter shot.

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Flip Saunders Still Favors Okafor Over Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns ascended to the top spot ahead of Jahlil Okafor on most teams draft boards by the end of the NCAA Tournament.

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Report: Shawn Marion's Desire Of Max Contract Blew Up Trade Sending Kevin Garnett To Suns In 2007
Shawn Marion was offered a four-year contract to stay with the Heat but not the max.

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Towns, Okafor, Russell, Mudiay Go 1-4 In First Post-Lottery Mocks
D'Angelo Russell is projected to go to the 76ers in the first post-lottery mocks.

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