Apr 16, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) and forward Kevin Love (42) at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Sam Mitchell in the mix for Minnesota Timberwolves head coach job


The Minnesota Timberwolves are in a bit of a state of upheaval right now. The team is reportedly shopping power forward Kevin Love, who desires to be traded, and is still on the hunt for their next head coach.

Per Yahoo! Sports, former Timberwolves player Sam Mitchell has emerged as one of the candidates for the job.

According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Mitchell “left a good impression with Wolves president Flip Saunders in a recent meeting and has moved himself into consideration for the job.”

The Wolves have had difficulty finding a coach who will seriously consider the job, and Love’s desire to exercise the early termination option on his contract has a lot to do with that.

Reports are that the Timberwolves had reached out to several college coaches, including Florida’s Billy Donovan and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, but none of the candidates showed any serious interest in the job.

Mitchell could be an ideal candidate, given his strong history with the team. The small forward out of Columbus, Ga. played for the Wolves from 1989-1992 and 1995-2002, being coached by Saunders during his second stint with the team.

If Minnesota wants some stability, Mitchell may be the best option, as he’s got experience (and success) as an NBA coach, and has familiarity with the franchise and its president.

 

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