Timberwolves hire Flip Saunders
The Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing back a familiar face. They have hired Flip Saunders as the team’s new president of basketball operations on Friday.
Saunders was the head coach for the Timberwolves from 1995-2005, leading the team to eight straight playoff appearances. The Wolves even made it to the Western Conference finals in 2004 behind Saunders. The team has not made a playoff appearance since.
He will be replacing David Kahn, who was fired Thursday after four years as president. Wolves owner Glen Taylor and Saunders have remained close while Saunders was coaching in Detroit and Washington.
Taylor gave his thoughts on the hiring, saying, “We are thrilled to have Flip back with the Timberwolves organization. Flip is one of the more experienced and creative minds in basketball. He knows what it takes to win in the NBA and we are confident that he will do what is necessary to lead us to a return to our best days as an organization,” reported the Associated Press.
The Wolves have had its share of blunders in recent drafts under David Kahn. Kahn chose to take Johnny Flynn over Stephen Curry with the sixth pick in 2009, and traded the pick that Denver used on Ty Lawson for Wesley Johnson fourth overall in 2010. Of the 10 draft picks in Kahn’s four years as president, only Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams remain on the roster, reported ESPN.
Saunders has his work cut out for him with the Timberwolves, but this could be the start of a turnaround for this struggling franchise.