Flip Saunders, the new Timberwolves president of basketball operations, doesn’t plan to make many changes, if he makes any changes at all, in the operation until after the draft.
“I’m going to evaluate the whole staff and everything we’re doing,” he said.
“… It’s going to be an evaluation period, pretty much myself along with coach [Rick] Adelman, and try to find players through the draft and then players that we might target in free agency that are going to fit into Coach Adelman’s system, and give him the opportunity to have the success that we want to generate.”
Adelman plans to travel to the Twin Cities next week from his home in Portland, Ore., to talk about the roster and other basketball matters.
As for Adelman deciding whether he wants to continue to coach, Saunders said there is no timetable for that decision.
“I’m really assuming that Rick is going to be back,” said Saunders. “Mary Kay [Adelman’s wife] has made good progress here recently. But I told Rick, ‘I don’t want you to think you have to make a decision [right now].’ But I believe he’s going to be back, and that’s how we’re progressing.”
• Nick Leddy, the former Gophers defenseman from Eden Prairie who was traded from the Wild to the Blackhawks, is one of the top defensemen for Chicago. He played 16 minutes, 42 seconds Sunday, and according to some of the scouts there, he has done a great job for his team as its third-leading defensive scorer.
• Wide receiver Andre McDonald, one of the top-rated Gophers football recruits last year, dropped out of school for a period but will enroll in summer school and join the team’s summer program. He will be on the team this fall if he does well in class.
• Louie Nanne, the former Edina High School player and grandson of Lou Nanne, played with Penticton in the British Columbia Hockey League this past season, scoring 41 points in 45 games. He will also play there next season if he doesn’t need shoulder surgery. He has signed to play for the Gophers and was drafted by the Wild in 2012.
• Orono High School product and former Wisconsin standout Jon Leuer is on the Memphis Grizzlies playoff roster after averaging 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.7 minutes per game this season. The Grizzlies lost 93-91 to Oklahoma City in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Sunday. Leuer has played only three minutes in the postseason.
• St. Paul native and former Gophers hockey star Kyle Okposo scored his second postseason goal Sunday, a shorthanded goal in the third period that helped the New York Islanders force overtime against the Penguins. Pittsburgh ultimately won Game 3 5-4. Okposo also scored the winning goal in Game 2.
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