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A source said Pablo Prigioni will be the "offensive coordinator" that President Gersson Rosas outlined last month when discussing the staff he would like to have under Ryan Saunders.
Seated in front of family, Ryan Saunders was able to prevent his emotions from overwhelming him as the Timberwolves introduced the former interim coach as their permanent one.
Players such as Karl-Anthony Towns endorsed Ryan Saunders' candidacy in the final weeks of the season even after the Wolves were eliminated from the playoffs.
The franchise still has never moved up from their assigned spot in lottery history. The New Orleans Pelicans had better luck, obtaining the No. 1 pick.
A source told the Star Tribune that Gersson Rosas should make a decision on the head coaching position by the end of the week or over the weekend.
Gersson Rosas, the team's new president of basketball operations, is set to represent the Wolves in Chicago at Tuesday's draft lottery, the annual event in which the future of several franchises hinge on the fate of pingpong balls.
Ryan Saunders has talked at length about the position but no decision has been reached yet.
Gersson Rosas emerged from an initial pool of Wolves president of basketball operations candidates that included 25 to 30 names, team CEO Ethan Casson said.
Rosas will now begin the process of making over the Wolves in his image. Some decisions will require his immediate attention. Some will be more long term.
The Timberwolves are handing the keys to the franchise to someone from the Houston Rockets, one of the most forward-thinking franchises in the NBA.
A source said the interview process is expected to last seven to 10 days, with the candidates all coming to Minnesota over that time frame.
The new president of basketball operations will have to figure out how the Wolves are going to navigate their finances while filling out the roster and remaining competitive.
Karl-Anthony Towns' statistics improved significantly after the Jimmy Butler drama ended with his trade to the 76ers, and showed how important Towns is to the Wolves' future.
The Wolves are in the process of searching for a new president of basketball operations, someone who will have a major influence over the roster and Andrew Wiggins' future.
Some players said it was among the most difficult seasons they have encountered, from Jimmy Butler's situation to Tom Thibodeau's firing to injuries that hampered the team.
The Wolves led by 11 with four minutes to play, only to have Denver make a 12-0 run to take the lead with 31.5 seconds remaining.
Wolves plan to hire a president of basketball operations to play a key role in the process.
Jimmy Butler's trade and coach Tom Thibodeau's firing made for a tumultuous season. The Wolves' offseason will include a search for a new president of basketball operations and determining if coach Ryan Saunders and GM Scott Layden will be retained.
With Karl-Anthony Towns out, Wolves coach Ryan Saunders pieced together some odd combinations on the floor.
The Wolves have two games remaining, starting with Tuesday's home finale against Toronto, but they are like the final exams seniors take already accepted to college. They count, but not really.
Jarrett Culver finished with 15 points on 5-for-22 shooting in Monday's title game, including 0-for-6 from three-point range.
Controversial call goes against Auburn but assistant coach says, 'It didn't come down to one play'
Tyus Jones is one of multiple Timberwolves who have reached the Final Four. His trip ended with a national championship. Others weren't as fortunate.
Karl-Anthony Towns snapped out of his recent slump by scoring 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting as the Wolves returned to Dallas for the first time since the first week of the season.
The Gorgui Dieng Foundation raises money for medical supplies, food and basketball camp equipment for his home country.
Dario Saric has endured an up-and-down season on the court for the Wolves since being traded here in the Jimmy Butler deal.
Every time Jimmy Butler touched the ball in Philadelphia's 118-109 win over the Wolves, fans let him know their displeasure with the way he forced his way out of town.
Saturday will be a big moment for Wolves fans who will get a chance to voice their full-throated displeasure with the way Butler orchestrated his exit to Philadelphia.
The defending NBA champions, who visit the Wolves again on Friday, take long two-pointers with greater frequency and success than most foes.
NBA Insider: One reason for Karl-Anthony Towns' blossoming statistics could be Ryan Saunders' nuanced and analytical take on getting him the ball in productive spots on the floor.
Officially eliminated from the playoffs, the Timberwolves conducted business as usual and beat the Grizzlies.
The Wolves have only two healthy point guards for their remaining 10 games — Tyus Jones and Jerryd Bayless. So the time has come to get create.
Over the past three games, Josh Okogie has found renewed energy. He's averaging 16.7 points per game on 56 percent shooting while playing 33 minutes per game.
Character tests arrive -- in the forms of Golden State and several other NBA playoffs-bound teams -- after another winless road trip for the Wolves.
With new contract in hand, the newest Wolves player got to play in his hometown Sunday night.
The look on Wolves coach Ryan Saunders' face said it all. Mouth open. Head shaking side to side as he stared out at the court when his team made another defensive flub.
Only Michael Jordan (once, in 1986-87) and Wilt Chamberlain (five times) have had higher scoring averages than James Harden, who leads the Rockets vs. the Wolves on Sunday night.
The Timberwolves on Thursday kept the game close for long stretches, but the Jazz never let up and sent Minnesota to its 11th road loss in 12 games.
The NBA has grown in popularity in part because of social media chatter. But it comes with a cost, and Commissioner Adam Silver said it's a human cost eating at the mental health of players.
Karl-Anthony Towns said he was "blessed" to be playing so quickly after a knee injury on Saturday. But Andrew Wiggins, Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague, Robert Covington and Luol Deng remained out.
The Wolves have had multiple wing players injured — Robert Covington, Luol Deng and Andrew Wiggins. That's opened the way for Keita Bates-Diop to get some extended playing time.
For the first time since Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns suited up together in 2015, the Timberwolves played a game without both of them on the floor.
The Wolves star center left Saturday night's victory because of a knee injury and will not play in tonight's game against the Knicks.
Towns left the game late in the fourth quarter because of a right knee injury, but his teammates pulled together in OT.
Interim coach Ryan Saunders said if Saric has one flaw, it's that he might care too much about how he's playing, and that can affect his play overall.
After Minnesota took a 90-88 lead, the Pistons scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter. After Gibson's ejection, they put the Wolves away with a 14-3 run.
Wednesday night in Detroit was the Timberwolves' third set of back-to-back games since returning from the All-Star break Feb. 22.
Team grasps for answers after latest road runaway.
The Timberwolves made the most of their time in the nation's capital this weekend with a team outing to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Wolves interim coach Ryan Saunders began his NBA career as a Washington assistant. Minnesota plays at the Wizards on Sunday.
The backup center has not played in any of the past three games, including Thursday night's 122-115 loss to the Indiana Pacers, even though he was healthy.
Anyone who was watching the Wolves for the first time this season, saw them put together a lowlight reel of the various ways they have lost close games this season.
A winnable game on the road slipped away from the Timberwolves, latgely because of slacking defense toward the end. Minnesota led by nine entering the fourth quarter, but fizzled.
"I think people could definitely assume that's a step in the right direction," coach Ryan Saunders said. "We want to see how his body reacts."
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was involved in a car accident Thursday in the Twin Cities as he was traveling to the airport.
The bench players rose to the occasion to help the Wolves make up for Karl-Anthony Towns' rare absence from the lineup, and win their third in a row.
Wild General Manager Paul Fenton said the trade of Charlie Coyle to Boston for Ryan Donato put players "on notice."
This season has tested Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns personally and professionally. But his selection to Sunday's NBA All-Star Game was a bright spot.
Jeff Teague picked a good time to have perhaps his best game of the year on Thursday
James Harden scored 42 points to extend his streak of games with 30 or more points to 31. But rookie Josh Okogie brought some defensive fire to make the superstar's night difficult.
Timberwolves players say that the team's inactivity at trade deadline is OK, because reinforcements are coming.
Interim coach Ryan Saunders said he's made some adjustments in how Dario Saric operates within the Wolves offense.
Anthony Davis sat out the final 15 minutes, 14 seconds Friday, but the Wolves couldn't capitalize despite leading the Pelicans by as many as 18 points.
On Friday, the Wolves needed Isaiah Canaan to start against the Pelicans as Jerryd Bayless was out because of a right big toe injury
With their inaction, the Wolves are sending the signal that they are going to try and make a push for the playoffs.
"The game wasn't won or lost on the last play," Ryan Saunders said. "Got to get the rebound," Karl-Anthony Towns said. "Who fouled who, I don't know," added Josh Okogie, who was called for the foul.
One of the most important pieces of advice Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff gave fellow former Gophers basketball player Ryan Saunders was to "stay true to yourself."
Jerryd Bayless, an NBA veteran of 11 years, is taking his final steps toward a goal that began when he enrolled at the University of Arizona in 2007.
Karl-Anthony Towns rebounded from his scoreless, foul-plagued first half to score from the baseline on a rebound jump shot, keeping Wednesday's game against Memphis from going to a second overtime.
Interim coach Ryan Saunders said Isaiah Canaan would play tonight against the Grizzlies. He played in 19 games before Phoenix waived him in November and is coming back from a broken ankle suffered last season.
Jerryd Bayless, Luol Deng and Anthony Tolliver are filling the team's injury void by playing extended minutes after rarely seeing the floor under former coach Tom Thibodeau.
Utah scored whenever it wanted during the second half on Sunday as the toll of having so many injured players caught up with the Wolves.
On Sunday against the Jazz, the Wolves were down four players who would normally contribute if they were healthy — Robert Covington (right knee bone bruise), Tyus Jones (sprained left ankle), Jeff Teague (left foot injury) and Derrick Rose (right ankle injury).
With the Feb. 7 trade deadline less than two weeks away, the Wolves find themselves in a precarious position relative to the rest of the league.
Mop-up duty wasn't why Terrell was on the floor Thursday night in the Wolves' 120-105 victory over the Lakers.
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