From the mouth of Flip Saunders we’ve learned that the coaching search will officially ramp up after the ping pong balls settle on Tuesday evening.
Whether or not that really makes much sense, here we are. Of course, Flip opened up plenty of room for speculation surrounding what his comments really meant, making the public wonder if there are trades in place with various teams that are contingent on final draft positions, or if there might be a coaching contract ready to be signed provided that the Wolves don’t have to fork over the thirteenth pick to Phoenix.
Again, there is a less than a three percent chance that the Wolves will either jump into the top-three slots or fall out of the draft. If Saunders has legitimately agreed to contingencies that are triggered after the lottery, well, it seems more than a bit silly.
As it stands, the lottery will likely cause a few more dominoes to begin to fall, whether it’s concrete trade offers or coaching interviews or something along those lines. Some additional names being muttered in connection with the Wolves’ head coaching spot are old friend Sam Mitchell and Minnesota native (and current Memphis coach) Dave Joerger.
The Grizzlies began to fire people left and right today, and there have been a handful of rumors surrounding Joerger possibly (and unjustly) losing his job. He and Saunders are acquaintances, and with Joerger’s history in the state of Minnesota he would absolutely be a legitimate candidate were he to find himself on the open market.
There are also rumors to the effect of Memphis trading for Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau, which could trigger another number of moves, including a Bill Simmons-driven, Fred Hoiberg-to-the-Bulls rumor. The coaching carousal continues to spin, and we’re just holding on tight, hoping that we won’t be spun into the cold when the fun stops.