Saunders said shortly after Rick Adelman retired, that the coaching search this summer would be a long one and the likelihood of having a coach hired before the 2014 NBA Draft was slim. With the Draft now less than a month away, the Wolves are no closer to hiring a new coach.
The Wolves have been linked to former Wolves athlete Sam Mitchell. Mitchell coached the Chris Bosh-led Raptors in the late 2000s. He is also a former Coach of the Year. Mitchell is said to be a favorite of owner Glen Taylor.
The Wolves have also been linked to former Grizz coach Lionel Hollins and former Bulls/Clips coach Vinny Del Negro.
Saunders has attempted to lure big name college coaches away from the NCAA. Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Florida's Billy Donovan; all spurned Minnesota to remain with their collegiate teams.
At this point, if it's between Del Negro, Hollins or Saunders taking the reins himself, I want Flip Saunders as the next head coach. His success in Minnesota is unquestioned. Having Flip build the roster and then put those pieces together correctly on the court, would seem ideal.