Minnesota Timberwolves team president and head coach Flip Saunders has been diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, but he said he expects to remain in his current role while undergoing treatment.
The disease is a cancer of the immune system, but Saunders says his doctors are calling the disease “very treatable and curable.”
Saunders is entering his second season back on the bench for the Timberwolves as head coach after replacing Rick Adelman last year. His first stint with the Timberwolves began in 1995 and lasted 10 years before he was fired in February of 2005.
He then moved on to coach the Detroit Pistons, where the team set a franchise record for wins in in 2005-06 under Saunders. He then led the team to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2008, but he was fired by GM Joe Dumars after the team lost to the Boston Celtics.
Saunders has been team president since 2013. He orchestrated the trade that sent Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. Along with No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns, there is a lot of excitement for the future of Minnesota.
Saunders will take treatment “day by day”.