According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves are planning to engage in a coaching search that will include interim coach Sam Mitchell as part of the process.
The Wolves are also targeting Jeff Van Gundy, Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks, according to Wojnarowski’s sources.
“Minnesota has the potential to be the most attractive job opening on the market, largely because of the presence of presumptive Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns and a core of young talent,” writes Wojnarowski.
“Minnesota owner Glen Taylor has engaged with a prominent search firm to help gauge the potential for giving a coach full autonomy and letting him build out the front office, league sources said,” he adds. “The search firm has been identifying both coaching and management candidates, sources said. Taylor is intrigued with the Stan Van Gundy model in Detroit that has helped return the Pistons to the playoffs, sources said.”
Milt Newton will remain the team’s general manager, but Wojnarowski writes it is “unclear” if the new coach will answer to him, or he’ll answer to a new coach, according to Wojnarowski’s sources.
Mitchell has Kevin Garnett’s endorsement, which has an impact on Taylor, and Garnett is expected to eventually have an ownership stake in the team once he retires.[Yahoo]
Update (4:35 pm, 4/13)
Star Tribune beat writer Jerry Zgoda clarified the situation with this tweet.[Star Tribune]