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Continued: Wolves' coaching search is waiting on the lottery

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 18, 2014 - 9:48 AM

Saunders and his scouting staff attended last week’s NBA draft combine in Chicago, where most of the top prospects were measured, tested and interviewed by individual teams.

Those top prospects also had the chance to interview team personnel right back, and Creighton forward Doug McDermott — a possible choice at No. 13 — said he spoke with the Wolves about their search for a new coach.

“I want to be real comfortable with the coach,” McDermott said. “A general manager can be comfortable with you, but at the end of the day, the coach is the guy who puts you on the floor.

“So before I get to any team, I want to know that the coach is as big a fan as the GM.”

Saunders has said he has no timetable to hire a coach — who will be selected partly for his ability to nurture Rubio — and says it doesn’t necessarily need to happen before the draft.

“It matters maybe a little bit,” said Michigan guard Nik Stauskas, another potential pick at No. 13, “because you don’t know the direction they’re headed and the style of play that they’re really going to get after it with.’’

The Wolves interviewed a smattering of players they could take with the 13th pick, and some that have no chance of falling that far.

Kentucky forward Julius Randle is one of those players who won’t make it out of the draft’s top 10. He interviewed with the Wolves and said their lack of a coach wouldn’t be a concern.

“Everything about success depends on an organization and the personnel they have there with their GM, their owner,” Randle said. “If they have a winning attitude, I feel like they always will pick the right person.”

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