Saunders on coaching Wolves again: 'I don't really see that scenario'
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As the Timberwolves' coaching search rolls on, the possibility of Flip Saunders moving back into the head coaching role he held for 10 years continues to be the subject of widespread speculation.
Saunders, the Wolves' president of basketball operations, has repeatedly dismissed the notion, while at the same time he has been careful not to completely rule it out.
Saunders held to that trend Wednesday during an appearance on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike show.
"I don't really see that scenario," Saunders said when asked if he could envision a situation where he would take over as head coach. "I know it's been brought up a lot. You never say never, but we have a lot of things going on here."
Saunders continued: "We're in an unique situation. Usually when you're looking for a coach you're a team who has won 20 games. We were a team that basically floated at the .500 mark, had opportunities to get to the playoffs ... So we're really not that far away. We're in the process of opening a new $20 million practice facility that's going to open in October. We've got a $100 million renovation of our arena, we've got situations with signing players, with Ricky Rubio getting an extension possibly this summer. And our Kevin Love situation."
"So we've got a lot going. Right now, I've got a lot on my plate, and that's enough right now to deal with."
The Wolves' coaching search was set in motion on Monday after Rick Adelman announced his retirement. Beyond Saunders, Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Florida's Billy Donovan have been brought up in rumors about possible candidates for the Wolves' opening.