Acting coach Ryan Saunders is finalizing a multi-year contract to become head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, ESPN sources told the league.
The deal could be finalized as early as Monday, sources told ESPN. Saunders is working on building a staff.
Timberwolves' new basketball operations president, Gersson Rosas, met with the candidates at the NBA draft, but the search turned to Saunders.
Saunders, 33, finished the Timberwolves season as an interim coach after Tom Thibodeau's dismissal in mid-season and got down the center from the stars Karl-Anthony Towns.
Saunders impressed both the property and senior management, including Rosas, who has spent a dozen hours meeting with him since his recent appointment to coach the Wolves basketball operations.