• The Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Wednesday that they were relieving Sam Mitchell of his duties, which came after a day of reports indicating that the Wolves had retained an outside firm to conduct a search for both a new coach and also for a new president of business operations.

    That search will include the potential for the new coach to have some or total control of the front office, which isn’t surprising given the high profile nature of this job.  Rookie Karl-Anthony Towns and a stable of talent including Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Gorgui Dieng and Ricky Rubio is going to attract the best of the best, and the best of the best also want to shop for the groceries if they’re going to cook the meal.

    GM Milt Newton is likely out, though he could be kept on board in some capacity.  We all know how that usually works out, but stranger things have happened.

    Tom Thibodeau, Jeff Van Gundy and Scott Brooks have been mentioned the most as the Wolves’ likely targets, as the small group of coach’s agents work the phones hard to position their clients in a quickly evolving coaching market.  Wait too long whether you’re a coach or a team and you could be left out.

    The Wizards just dismissed Randy Wittman and the Kings are about to dismiss George Karl.  Brooks has been linked to both of those openings, and the Lakers are expected to join this mix along with Luke Walton as big names participating in the coaching chase.

    For Mitchell, he was handed the reins when Flip Saunders died from Hodgkin’s lymphoma in October.  Reviews of the job he has done have been mixed at best, and with the type of talent the Wolves have the time is most definitely now to get the best of the best on the sidelines.

    The good news if you’re a Wolves fan is that your team shouldn’t have to accept anything but a top-tier coach — or something got botched in the process.


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