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Flip Saunders

Team prez Flip Saunders to coach Timberwolves

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Flip Saunders is about to become a jack-of-all-trades for the Minnesota Timberwolves, adding head coach to his front office responsibilities.

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Saunders takes over a team that went 40-42 last season under Rick Adelman, who announced his retirement in April.

It is expected Saunders will surrender some or all of his personnel department responsibilities. However, there are coaches -- including Stan Van Gundy in Detroit -- with coach and president roles in the NBA.

Saunders joined the Wolves' front office last year and coached the team previously from 1995-2005.

The initial target of Saunders was Minnesota native Dave Joerger, who interviewed with the team before ultimately deciding to return to the Memphis Grizzlies with an adjusted contract.

Among other candidates were Vinny Del NegroSam MitchellLionel Hollins and Scott Skiles.

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