User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Horses
Golf
Auto
Soccer
More
Betting Tools

 
Saunders representing group to buy Timberwolves

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Ever since Glen Taylor put the Timberwolves on the market last summer, the longtime owner has been in search of an ownership group that would keep the team in Minnesota for the long haul.

Advertisement
If Minnesota native Flip Saunders is involved, the odds of that happening would seem pretty good.

Taylor confirmed on Monday night that he has had conversations with the former coach, who approached Taylor at the behest of a group of prospective buyers. The identities of the investors were not immediately known. But if they are successful in purchasing the team, Saunders would be expected to take over as the leader of basketball operations.

Saunders coached the Timberwolves for 9 1/2 seasons and has also coached the Pistons and Wizards. Taylor fired him in 2005, the season after Saunders led the team to the Western Conference finals. But the two long ago repaired any damage done to their relationship by that move and Taylor occasionally chats with Saunders about basketball matters.

Sports talk radio station KFXN-FM first reported the talks, but a deal is far from imminent. Taylor has been looking for a successor to buy in as a minority partner, with the plan to take over as majority owner in a few years, when Taylor is ready to relinquish control. After watching a season that started with playoff aspirations swirl down the drain thanks to a litany of injuries, Taylor isn't in any hurry to make a deal.

``I think Glen is not what you would call an anxious seller,'' Commissioner David Stern, a close confidante of Taylor's, said in February. ``Sometimes I think he might have seller's remorse even though he hasn't sold it because he loves the team and he loves what it does for the community.''

The Wolves have not made the playoffs since Saunders was fired. They have spent years trying to find a new identity after trading Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics, and only recently have started to show signs of coming out of the doldrums with a core of Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic. Love has missed most of this season with a twice-broken right hand and Pekovic has missed chunks of time with various injuries as well, leaving Taylor to wonder what the team would be able to do with a full roster of healthy players.

There is still no timetable for Taylor making a deal. He may want to see what plays out with the Kings first before making a move. The Maloof brothers have an agreement in place to sell the Kings to a group that would move them to Seattle, but Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has pulled together a local group to make a bid at keeping the team there. Whoever gets the team, and at what price, could go a long way toward setting a value for the Timberwolves.

If Saunders' group is successful in acquiring the franchise, it could mark the end of president of basketball operations David Kahn's tenure in Minnesota. But that's a long way from certain, and Taylor said he would evaluate Kahn's job status once the season is over. He wants to see if Love and Chase Budinger can return later this month and give the team a boost to finish out the season.

``This has been a terrible season (because of injuries),'' Taylor said after the Timberwolves fell to 20-37 with a loss to the Miami Heat. ``I don't know if I can blame it on David. We would like to get some of these guys back in the next couple of weeks and let's just see how we play with the whole team.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
David: Game 1 trends lean to Warriors
Mejia: Finals should be worth the wait
News: NBA Finals Predictions
Feist: NBA Finals Outlook
ASA: LeBron vs. Michael
News: Playoffs - Betting Results
News: Conference & NBA Final Odds
Bulls plan to introduce Hoiberg as coach
Wade to join ABC for Finals coverage
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
7-2 L9, 25-10 L35, +3,350 TY
7-1 Last 8 Playoff Streak
30-14 L44 Totals, 60% +5,190 TY
21-9 L30 G-Plays, 35-14 L49 Picks
5-1 L6 Guarantees, 2-0 L2 Totals
65%, +2,283 This Season
14-5 L19 Totals, +1,743 This Year
4-0 L4 Picks, 9-4 L13 Guarantees
10-1 L11 Totals, 3-0 L3 Guarantees
10-2 NBA Guarantee Run
3 NBA Playoff Wins in a Row
2-0, +270 Last 2 Selections
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks- Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
2014 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 5190
Kevin Rogers + 3350
Dave Cokin + 2283
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 200
Joe Nelson + 200
Kevin Rogers + 200
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Dave Cokin 65 %
Stephen Nover 60 %
Kyle Hunter 58 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2954
Stephen Nover + 1941
Dave Cokin + 1821
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 1661
Stephen Nover + 1648
Tony Stoffo + 1270
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 1975
Michael Black + 914
Marc Lawrence + 893
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy Sager Bomb