The Minnesota Timberwolves have chosen Ryan Saunders as their full-fledged head coach — and the first millennial to hold the job in the NBA.

The team announced Monday that Saunders will stay in the post he held on an interim basis during the second half of this past season, the role long held by his father. The widely expected decision was made by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas.

Rosas was hired earlier this month without a mandate to retain the 33-year-old Saunders, who is the son of the late Flip Saunders. The Timberwolves finished just 17-25 under Saunders, but players unabashedly endorsed his leadership and owner Glen Taylor made clear he was the favorite.

FILE - In this March 21, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders applauds his team as they play against the Charlotte Hornets in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. A person with knowledge of the process tells The Associated Press the Minnesota Timberwolves and Ryan Saunders are finalizing a contract to make the 33-year-old their permanent head coach. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday, May 20, 2019, because the Timberwolves had yet to announce the decision made by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)
FILE – In this March 21, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders applauds his team as they play against the Charlotte Hornets in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. A person with knowledge of the process tells The Associated Press the Minnesota Timberwolves and Ryan Saunders are finalizing a contract to make the 33-year-old their permanent head coach. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday, May 20, 2019, because the Timberwolves had yet to announce the decision made by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

The next-youngest head coach in the league is Sacramento’s Luke Walton, who is 39.

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