Sam Mitchell candidate for Minnesota HC job
Old 05-18-2014, 09:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Good for him, although they're headed for rough waters.

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As the Minnesota Timberwolves consider the future of All-Star forward Kevin Love, Sam Mitchell has emerged as a serious candidate for the franchise's head coaching job, league sources told Yahoo Sports.Mitchell left a good impression with Wolves president Flip Saunders in a recent meeting and has moved himself into consideration for the job, league sources said.Beyond the coaching search, the Wolves are under pressure to start considering trade scenarios for Love, who's anxious to exercise his Early Termination Option (ETO) and leave as a free agent, league sources said.

"For the first time, [Saunders] sounds like looking at deals for [Love] is an option," one rival executive told Yahoo Sports.The Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are among many teams determined to make hard runs at trades for Love, league sources said. Boston and Los Angeles plan to make high-lottery picks in the 2014 NBA Draft available in offers for Love, sources said.Will Sam Mitchell be able to keep Kevin Love in Minnesota?

No team is likely to trade for Love without an assurance that he'll commit to a five-year, $100 million maximum contract extension in the summer of 2015. Despite a belief that Love prefers Los Angeles or New York as a potential destination, he's open to deals in other markets where he can be part of an immediate contender, sources said.

Nevertheless, Saunders has made finding a coach to help convince Love to reconsider free agency as a top priority, but the bigger issue for the All-Star forward comes with a roster that hasn't been talented enough to make the Western Conference playoffs.Minnesota probed several top college coaches, including Florida's Billy Donovan, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg, sources said, but those coaches weren't inclined to seriously consider the Wolves job. The broad belief that the Wolves will have to trade Love has made coaches leery of the franchise's future.

Mitchell has a strong history with Sanders and Minnesota, where he had two stops as a player -- 1989-1992 and 1995-2002. Mitchell played for Saunders in his second stint.As the Toronto Raptors coach for parts of five seasons, Mitchell reached the playoffs twice and won the NBA coach of the year award in 2007. After his firing into Toronto in 2010, he spent a season with the Nets as an assistant coach. He's been a television analyst radio host since leaving the Nets in 2011.Scarface844Assistant CoachPosts:*4,362And1:*4,015Joined:*Dec 11, 2013

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Good for him, although they're headed for rough waters.
Why rough waters? Trade Love to the Lakers for immediate cap space and picks.

Depending where the Lakers pick land Minny could the have anyone from Wiggins, Parker, Embiid, Exum, Smart or Vonleh to add with their pick which will net them another nice player. Adding two great picks from this years stacked draft to a core of Pekovic, Dieng, Rubio and Budinger plus have 15-20 mil to sign other players like Hawes or Monroe or whomever and Minny is sitting pretty nicely IMO.
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Why rough waters? Trade Love to the Lakers for immediate cap space and picks.
In other words rebuild for a team that already struggles to make the playoffs IN THE WEST.

ROUGH WATERS!!
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In other words rebuild for a team that already struggles to make the playoffs IN THE WEST.

ROUGH WATERS!!
Meh, I disagree. Only rough if you have a roster going no where and your financially stuck and that won't be the case here.
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Old 05-18-2014, 03:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I hope Mitchell gets the T-Wolves heading coaching job, as he was always a solid head coach. I know I enjoyed his work with the Raptors.
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Nooooooo. I want him to stay in broadcasting.
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Nooooooo. I want him to stay in broadcasting.
I gotta agree with u. But he can still come back IMO

Look at Mark Jackson
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I would guess that Sam has done some self analysis after his stint here. Maybe he wouldn't be such an arrogant jerk on his next coaching job. I'd like him to get a chance.
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I liked Smitch, and think he was wrongly canned. Deserves another chance where he doesn't have to babysit bargnono.
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