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MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns came up one spot shy of an extra $32 million. Towns finished fourth in voting among centers in All-NBA voting — only the top three vote-getters receive All-NBA honors. That’s what Towns needed this season to qualify for a supermax extension, which would have allowed him to receive up to 30% of the team’s salary cap space, as opposed to the standard 25%. So the five-year extension Towns signed last offseason, which comes into effect this season, is now worth a total of roughly $158 million, instead of $190 million.
MINNEAPOLIS - Ryan Saunders admitted it was emotional, and also complicated, back when he was named the Timberwolves’ interim head coach in January. Saunders got the job he always wanted, but not in the way in which he hoped to receive it. His promotion was a ripple effect of the firing of Tom Thibodeau, who Saunders worked under and greatly respected.
MINNEAPOLIS —The job Ryan Saunders has always wanted is finally his — officially. Saunders agreed to become the Minnesota Timberwolves full-time head coach on Monday, May 20, a source confirmed to the Pioneer Press. The Athletic was the first to report the deal. Saunders now has a firm grip on the coaching reins to the franchise his late father, Flip, once ran.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves suffered another disappointing loss in the NBA Draft Lottery, falling a spot from No. 10 during Tuesday, May 14’s made-for-TV event. Some had hoped a new lottery system with more level odds would help a team such as Minnesota jump into the top four slots, and it did — the Lakers, who had the NBA’s 11th-worst record, jumped up to No. 4.
CHICAGO -- Lady luck again turned a cold shoulder to the Timberwolves franchise on Tuesday night, May 14. Even a reformed lottery, which featured more level odds among the 14 lottery teams and an extra opportunity to jump up, Minnesota again failed to jump up. The Wolves will pick 11th, one spot worse than where they were slotted to select prior to the lottery. The Lakers leapfrogged Minnesota and moved into the top four. Los Angeles started the night in the No. 11 slot.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Gersson Rosas is expanding the Timberwolves’ head coaching search to outside candidates, a source confirmed to the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Tuesday, May 14. ESPN reported Tuesday that Minnesota will interview Portland assistant David Vanterpool and Miami assistant Juwan Howard. The New York Times reported the team will interview New Orleans assistant Chris Finch, and The Athletic reported the Wolves will interview Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham.
MINNEAPOLIS -- One of Gersson Rosas’ first tasks as Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations? Get lucky. Minnesota’s new basketball boss will represent the Wolves on stage Tuesday night, May 14, for the NBA draft lottery at the Hilton Chicago, hoping to create a little magic to jump-start his tenure — and perhaps signal a change of course for the franchise.
ST. PAUL -- One of Gersson Rosas’ first tasks as Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations? Get lucky. Minnesota’s new basketball boss will represent the Wolves on stage on Tuesday, May 14, for the NBA Draft Lottery at the Hilton Chicago, hoping to create a little magic to jump-start his tenure — and perhaps signal a change of course for this franchise.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Golden Gophers softball coach Jamie Trachsel had 20 posters made with a simple message and spread them around the softball facility this week. “Purdue or Rutgers,” they read. Minnesota will face the winner of that matchup, scheduled to be played Thursday, in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals Friday in Bloomington, Ind. The message, of course, is that this is no time to look ahead. “No one in our program right now is talking about anybody but those two teams,” Trachsel said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- In their search for a new president of basketball operations, the Minnesota Timberwolves made clear the future was strictly for the new boss to determine, CEO Ethan Casson said. Now that he’s been hired, a series of weighty decisions fall into Gersson Rosas’ lap, none larger than whether Ryan Saunders will become the Wolves’ permanent head coach, or whether Scott Layden will stay on as general manager. Below them: the rest of basketball operations department, many of whom have expiring contracts.