FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2012, file photo, then-Washington Wizards head coach Flip Saunders looks on during a break in an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. David Kahn is out as president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Flip Saunders is coming in. Three people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that team owner Glen Taylor has decided not to pick up the option for next season on Kahn's contract. He is also putting the finishing touches on a deal to hire Saunders as Kahn's replacement.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Timberwolves have named Flip Saunders as the team's new president of basketball operations.
The team announced the hire on Friday. Saunders is also getting a small piece of the ownership pie as part of the deal he signed to replace David Kahn.
It's a welcome back for Saunders, who coached the Timberwolves from 1995-2005. He's the only head coach to lead the Timberwolves to the playoffs since the franchise's inception in 1989. The Wolves made eight straight playoff appearances under Saunders, including a run to the Western Conference finals in 2004.
Saunders was fired the following season, but remained in close contact with Wolves owner Glen Taylor even as he took head coaching jobs in Detroit and Washington. He spent this season as an analyst for ESPN.