Week In Review 10/25/15-10/31/15

Wolves coach/executive Flip Saunders passed away at the age of 60. Saunders had been battling the effects of cancer treatment and his health situation became dire earlier this month. Changes to way that Saunders‘ body had responded to chemotherapy for Hodgkins’ Lymphoma placed him in a life-threatening situation.

The Wolves had called the ailment a “very treatable and curable form of cancer” in August, when they announced his diagnosis along with the news that Saunders would continue his duties as head coach and president of basketball operations. A shift occurred last month, when Saunders took a leave of absenceSam Mitchell has been coaching the team and GM Milt Newton running the team’s basketball operations since Saunders took his leave of absence. The team said at that point that he’d experienced complications related to the treatments he was receiving and that he was undergoing tests and further treatment at a hospital.

Saunders coached the Wizards, Pistons and Wolves in a career that spanned 17 seasons and included 654 victories. Saunders’ death was shocking and saddening to many around the league. Saunders was both well-liked and well-respected for a variety of reasons.

Here’s more from the week that was:

Free Agent Signings


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Eastern Conference

Western Conference


Contract Options

D-League News

Miscellaneous News

  • Harrison Barnes decided against an extension with the Warriors and the sides called off talks. Barnes heads to restricted free agency in the summer of 2016.
  • Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas are passing on signing rookie scale extensions with the Rockets and will instead set themselves up for restricted free agency this coming summer.
  • The Pistons expect Jodie Meeks to miss the next 12 to 16 weeks as he recovers from a broken right foot.
  • Kentucky freshman Skal Labissiere has received NCAA eligibility to play the 2015/16 season.
  • The YES Network and the Nets reportedly reached a new local television rights deal, the team announced. The agreement, which will kick in for the 2017/18 season, will give the team “substantially more” than $40MM a year and repair a revenue stream that lagged far behind local TV deals for other large-market teams.
  • Hawks shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha will file a civil lawsuit against New York City, its police department and the officers involved for injuries suffered during his arrest outside a Manhattan night club in April.
  • Agent Michael Tellem, the son of former agent turned Pistons organization executive Arn Tellem, is leaving the Wasserman Media Group for the Creative Artists Agency and taking high-profile client Danilo Gallinari with him.
  • Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns the Raptors, hired Air Canada executive Michael Friisdahl as the new president and CEO.
  • The Jazz named Linda Luchetti the team’s vice president of basketball operations.
  • Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is close to acquiring majority control of the Nassau Coliseum.
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One thought on “Week In Review 10/25/15-10/31/15

  1. Dana Gauruder

    Really sad how quickly Saunders passed. Class guy, I enjoyed covering the team as a Pistons beat writer when he was the coach for three seasons. He was one of the truly underrated coaches in the league.


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