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Report: Timberwolves set meetings with Tom Thibodeau, Jeff Van Gundy

Tom Thibodeau

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau sends in some signals during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 82-75. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


The Minnesota Timberwolves coaching job is, arguably, the most desirable coaching job available. If you’re a coach into winning. The job comes pre-loaded with soon-to-be Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns, last season’s ROY Andrew Wiggins, not to mention Zach LaVine, Ricky Rubio, Shabazz Muhammad and other quality building blocks. This team has the potential to be an elite squad in a few years.

Plus, for the right person, the Timberwolves will reportedly throw in the hammer on player/personnel moves — a defacto GM spot.

With that, they are getting interviews with some of the biggest names out there. Via Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have meetings set with the two top targets of the franchise’s basketball operations and coaching search: Tom Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy, league sources told The Vertical. Those meetings are expected to happen in the next few days, sources said.

What Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor reportedly wants is the Detroit Pistons/Stan Van Gundy model, where they have an experienced GM but Van Gundy is the ultimate decision maker. If you coach has the right vision that can work — and in Detroit it appears to be working.

While the Timberwolves gave lip service to giving former interim coach Sam Mitchell a shot at the job, that was about as likely as John Wooden getting the job. Scott Brooks is another name associated with Minnesota, but Washington and some other teams expected to let go of their coach are going to be interested in him. Brooks (and Thibodeau, and Van Gundy) will have options.