Reports: Ryan Saunders to become Wolves' permanent head coach

Saunders would not confirm when approached in Minneapolis skyway

WCCO Radio Newsroom
May 20, 2019 - 8:08 am

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Various media outlets are reporting that Ryan Saunders will become the Timberwolves head coach on a permanent basis.

Saunders reportedly is working out details of a contract with new President of Basketball Operations Gerson Rosas.

He would not officially confirm the deal when asked by WCCO radio about the deal.

"Thanks, but it's not a good time," said Saunders, who appeared upbeat when was he approached while using a downtown Minneapolis skyway on Monday morning.

This comes after Saunders, 33, was named interim head coach on Jan. 6, 2009 after Tom Thibodeau was fired.

In the final 42 games of the regular season, Saunders guided the Wolves to a 17-25 record.

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Saunders is the son of the late Philip "Flip" Saunders, the popular former Gopher who coached the Wolves for two different stints.

A graduate of Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Ryan Saunders joined the Gopher basketball team himself in 2004. But injuries limited him to 20 career games in a backup role, and he eventually became a graduate assistant under Tubby Smith.

In 2009, Saunders joined the staff of the Washington Wizards, and moved to the Timberwolves as an assistant in 2014.

Saunders is the youngest head coach in the NBA.



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