Arrived in Chicago not too long ago for the NBA's annual draft combine these next two days.

Danny Ainge and Mitch Kupchak are here. So are Mike D'Antoni, Ty Corbin, Rick Carlisle, even unemployed/retired coach Jerry Sloan.

And, of course, Flip Saunders is here, too.

It's part player workouts/interviews, part job fair for the former NBA head coach now turned Wolves basketball boss.

Flip is leading a seven-person Wolves front-office party here in Chicago.

Player personnel guy R.J. Adelman is here, but his dad Rick is not.

He's earned the right not to be here, I guess, after 30 years in the league.

About 60 draft prospects are here for drills, exams and interviews with teams.

Expect the Wolves to focus on shooting guards and centers -- their two biggest areas of need -- in this draft process.

Of the players in early to talk to the media today, UCLA small forward Shabazz Muhammad and Ohio State small forward Deshaun Thomas say they interviewed with the Wolves last night.

Players with local connections here are former Gophers forward Trevor Mwabke, former Gopher Colton Iverson, Bucknell center (by way of Roseville) Mike Muscala and South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters.


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