MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said Sunday the franchise will determine the player it must let go today. “We’ll make a decision (then),” Saunders said. But after those comments, ESPN reported Sunday afternoon the Wolves were finalizing a buyout of veteran guard J.J. Barea. That would mean second-round pick Glenn Robinson III could get the 15th and final roster spot. The Wolves have 16 players under contract before a 4 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS -- In the four-month buildup until Kevin Love was traded from the Timberwolves on Saturday, president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said the franchise sought a cornerstone player who could transform their identity. In Andrew Wiggins, the Wolves received the No. 1 pick in June’s NBA draft, a high-flying, defensively stout 19-year-old who was compared to former NBA great Dominique Wilkins.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The only coach with a winning record in Timberwolves history will return to the bench. Flip Saunders will coach the Wolves in the 2014-15 season, he told the Pioneer Press in a text message Thursday. Saunders, the franchise’s president of basketball operations, conducted a six-plus-week search for a replacement to Rick Adelman but in the end chose himself. The Wolves have not made the news official but will introduce the new (old) coach during a news conference at 1 p.m.