Minnesota Timberwolves considers hiring one of ex-NBA players as coach


Minnesota Timberwolves have several problems to solve before the next NBA season comes, and one of those problems is to settle down for a new coach.

Recent reports say that the team’s management eyes several former NBA players as possible head coaches in the upcoming season. Nothing certain, but the rumors are flying around.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Sam Mitchell, a former Timberwolves player and former Toronto Raptors head coach, met with Minnesota president Flip Saunders recently and “has emerged as a serious candidate” for the job.

Mitchell played 13 seasons in the NBA, for Indiana Pacers and Minnesota. He played 10 of his 13 NBA seasons in Minnesota. Mitchell played a total of 994 games (started 322) in the NBA, holding career averages of 8.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg in 22.4 mpg.

Sauders has reportedly also interviewed ex-Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins.

Hollins, 60, has been out of coaching since not being rehired after leading Memphis to a franchise-record 56 victories in 2012-13, his fourth season running the Grizzlies. The starting guard for the 1977 NBA champion Blazers played 10 seasons in the NBA, for Portland, Philadelphia Sixers, San Diego Clippers, Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets. He averaged career high 15.9 ppg in 1977-78. Hollins played in total of 673 NBA games, averaging 11.6 ppg, 4.5 apg in 27.4 mpg. He was also selected to the 1978 NBA All-Star game.

Flip Saunders is also reportedly considering going with a veteran coach such as P.J. Carlesimo or Scott Skiles.

The best option in the end might be for Saunders to return to the sidelines himself, but according to the Star Tribune’s Jerry Zgoda, he would have to convince Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor that it is the right call.


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