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Rick Adelman

AP source: Wolves' Saunders steps aside for cancer treatment

Sam Mitchell will replace Flip Saunders as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves while Saunders continues treatment for cancer, a person with knowledge of the situation told Associated Press on Thursday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because official word had not yet come from the Wolves. The team set a news conference for Friday but did not specify the subject, calling it only for a "major announcement."

Saunders has Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. He has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments since June. When he announced his condition in August, he said his doctors called his prognosis "very treatable...