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Continued: Souhan: Saunders looking like the best Wolves' coaching candidate

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 28, 2014 - 10:06 AM

Taylor will want to hire Sam Mitchell. Mitchell might be a good coach, but he would be hired for the wrong reasons — because Taylor is familiar with Mitchell and desperate for someone willing to wear a whistle.

There might not be an ideal choice remaining for Taylor, but there is one option that could help him avoid another costly mistake:

Let Flip coach for a year.

The team isn’t going to be any good no matter who coaches it, and Flip will have every reason to try to develop young players such as Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng, because he drafted them.

If the Wolves trade Love for value and develop a few of their younger players, Flip, a year from now, will either have discovered that he’s an ideal coach for this team, or he will have spent a year conducting an informal coaching search.

Most importantly, Taylor won’t have hired the ninth-best coach on the Wolves’ current wish list to a three-year contract. His options will be open.

At this point, the Wolves are better off trying to avoid a typical mistake than trying to salvage a botched search.

I’d still hire Russian national team coach David Blatt, but he might be too unconventional a hire, and too strong a personality, for Taylor’s taste.

If that’s the case, then Taylor should take his medicine and buy himself a year of planning by letting Flip coach.

Who knows? Maybe by next summer the Wolves will be able to hire someone previously thought to be beyond their grasp.

Like Dwane Casey, or Randy Wittman.

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib. • jsouhan@startribune.com

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