Timberwolves in talks to bring in Pelicans assistant Kevin Hanson
The Timberwolves are close to making an addition to Ryan Saunders’ staff for the upcoming season, as the team is in talks to bring in New Orleans assistant Kevin Hanson, sources told the Star Tribune.
Hanson has sat on the Pelicans’ coaching staff the past four seasons. New Orleans employs Alvin Gentry, who has been their head coach for the last four years too.
Saunders, the son of late Minnesota coach Flip Saunders, was a Timberwolves assistant for four years before the organization fired Tom Thibodeau in January of this year. Saunders filled in as the interim head coach until May, when the franchise announced they signed the 33-year-old to a multi-year deal to be the full-time game head coach.
Saunders has also hired ex-NBAer Pablo Prigioni — who last coached for the Brooklyn Nets on Kenny Atkinson’s staff — as well as former Sacramento Kings assistant Bryan Gates and tenured Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool.
Minnesota has spent the offseason revamping their roster, starting with drafting Jarrett Culver with the sixth overall pick. The Timberwolves also signed veteran power forward Noah Vonleh in free agency, but they missed out on getting All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell.
The Timberwolves also did not match the Memphis Grizzlies’ offer sheet for point guard Tyus Jones.