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Timberwolves’ Glen Taylor Happy with Ryan Saunders

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When the Minnesota Timberwolves fired head coach Tom Thibodeau, there was speculation that team owner Glen Taylor would be in hot pursuit of former Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.

But, with the early success of interim head coach Ryan Saunders, Taylor is happy to stick to the current course, despite having a conversation with Hoiberg following his dismissal from the Bulls.

“We spent time on (Chicago) and what he wanted to do in the future,” Taylor said of his discussion with Hoiberg, according to Danny Lawhon of The Des Moines Register.

“We had already made up our mind on Ryan, because Ryan has worked with these players, been there all year. That was the easiest way to make the transition.”

Hoiberg has ties to the organization, having played two seasons in Minnesota and also served in the team’s front office following his retirement.

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Grizzlies’ Tyus Jones Excited for New Team, Thankful for Time in Minnesota

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones is excited for what will come next in his career with his new team, but he is also appreciative of his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who gave him the chance to play in his home state.

“I’ve just got a lot of emotions right now,” Jones said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

“I don’t really know how exactly to feel. I’m just excited. I’m just ready for my next chapter of my career and my life.”

Jones showed his appreciation to the Wolves.

“I’m thankful. It’s a situation where I was fortunate enough to be able to play in my home state, and for four years at that,” Jones said. “A lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do that. For me, it’s a chance to play in my home state as my first taste of the NBA and to help me get acclimated to the NBA lifestyle.

“It was nothing but a blessing. I am very thankful for that and look at it as nothing but a positive. Now I get to take that next step in my journey and my career, and I’m excited for that.”

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Wolves’ Ryan Saunders Believes Andrew Wiggins Will Have ‘Breakout Year’

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Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders believes a big year is on the horizon for the struggling Andrew Wiggins, who many believe is losing the confidence of the organization.

Despite the rumors, Saunders isn’t ready to give up on Wiggins just yet.

“We look forward to him having a breakout year” Saunders said, during an appearance on NBA TV during Summer League action.

“He’s already in the gym, and we feel confident about Andrew in that sense” Saunders stated.

Wiggins logged 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game last season with Minnesota, but the production still isn’t on par with the team’s expectations.

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Heat Interested in Andrew Wiggins

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The Miami Heat are interested in Minnesota Timberwolves wing Andrew Wiggins, according to Hoops Inq’s Trey Rodriguez.

Wiggins has four years and around $122.2 million left on his current contract, which expires after the 2022-23 season, so picking him up would be costly, financially, for the Heat.

Wiggins averaged 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game last season for the Wolves.

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