And Saunders, the son of the late Timberwolves coaching legend Flip Saunders, will be the leader players look to make that run happen.
The Minnesota Timberwolves fired head coach and team president Tom Thibodeau on Sunday, this after less than three years on the job.
CEO Ethan Casson and general manager Scott Layden fired Thibodeau in the coach's office immediately after the 108-86 home win. "It was just beginning".
Saunders said he hasn't given any thought to changing the starting lineup or rotations or even adding an assistant, instead focusing exclusively on making a smooth transition to head coach and making his players' lives easier.
On June 23, Thibodeau became Bulls' head coach after being an assistant coach for years, notably with Doc Rivers when the Boston Celtics won the championship in 2008. "If you look at something as a trial, I think that's when you start putting pressure on yourself or other people that just isn't there". I think he's prepared a long time for this moment. Taylor has made clear that he expects results this season, but I thought Thibs would get the entire year to show them. And I've talked to him before and after practice. "But with Thibs, like, he took a chance on me when a couple of organizations had s--ed on me". Thibodeau was surprised at the timing and had no idea his ouster was imminent, according to sources.
The list includes former New Orleans Pelicans coach and current Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams, former Chicago Bulls coach and Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg, and former Timberwolves guard and current ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups.
Sanders remains positive of the team's outlook as his group is still attempting to figure out how the pieces fit following the trade of Jimmy Butler.