Timberwolves owner: 'It's not definite' Flip Saunders returns as coach
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor was non-committal when asked if head coach Flip Saunders will be on the sidelines next season.
Saunders is also the team’s president of Basketball Operations and went 16-66 in his first season back with the franchise. He spent 10 seasons as the team’s head coach from 1995-2005, before leaving to coach the Detroit Pistons, following that up with a stint with the Washington Wizards.
But Taylor did not sound like Saunders will be coaching beyond next year, saying it's probably "90 percent" that Saunders remains the coach for the time being.
“It’s not definite,” Taylor said, according to Pro Basketball Talk. "If he sees somebody and he changes his mind, he certainly could convince me. I think eventually I want a different coach, and I want him to be the GM. My guess is that he’ll go another year.”
Taylor says that Saunders won’t change his thought process on if a coaching change will happen before the 2015-16 season.
“I think that Flip will change if he sees somebody in the coaching ranks that he really respects, and thinks in the long run that they will be the right guy for this team, then I think he’ll make that decision,” Taylor said. "We’re sort of taking it one year at a time."
Minnesota won the first pick in this year's draft in the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday. The draft will be held on June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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