Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Minnesota Timberwolves president and part-owner Flip Saunders has decided to take over the head coaching chores.
The Wolves have looking for a new head coach since Rick Adelman stepped down in April. They failed to lure away vancouver Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger last month,
The Wolves reportedly considered ex-Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro, former Wolves player Sam Mitchell, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg and Joerger.
Saunders previously coached the Timberwolves from 1995-2005, during which the team posted a record of 411-326 (.558). In 1997 he led Minnesota to its first playoff berth in franchise history.
The Wolves went on to make the playoffs in each of the next seven seasons under Saunders, but only once did they advance beyond the first round.
Saunders was fired during the 2004-05 season by then-general manager Kevin McHale, who named himself as the team’s next head coach.
The Wolves have not made the playoffs or had a winning season since, leading to talks about the possible departure of All-NBA forward Kevin Love.
Saunders insisted publicly that he expects Love to be on the Wolves’ roster this season.
“The last I knew Kevin was under contract with us, and I expect him to be playing for us next year,” Saunders said Sunday.