Many wondered if it was just a foregone conclusion that the Minnesota Timberwolves would be handing the coaching keys to interim coach Ryan Saunders as the full-time head coach.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the team will be conducting a head coaching search with new President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas in charge. Saunders is still expected to be a prominent candidate in the search.
ESPN Sources: New Minnesota president Gersson Rosas plans to interview candidates for franchise's coaching job, including Miami assistant Juwan Howard and Portland's David Vanterpool. Ryan Saunders remains a prominent candidate in process. Story: https://t.co/10o52U4RZl
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 14, 2019
According to the report the team will be interviewing both Miami’s Juwan Howard and Portland’s David Vanterpool for the head coaching vacancy in Minnesota.
Howard spent 19 years in the NBA as a player for eight different franchises and has been an assistant coach with the Miami Heat since retiring as a player with the franchise in 2013. His name recently was brought up as a potential candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers before the team hired Frank Vogel.
As for Vanterpool, he’s been an assistant coach in Portland since 2012. His name has been brought up for the recent openings in both Phoenix and Cleveland.
Later in the morning it was reported by Marc Stein of The New York Times that the team had also secured permission to interview New Orleans assistant coach Chris Finch for the position.
The Timberwolves have secured permission to interview New Orleans Pelicans assistant Chris Finch for their coaching vacancy, according to league sources. Finch and new Wolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas worked together in Houston
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 14, 2019
Finch does have a relationship with Rosas, as the two worked together in Houston while Finch was an assistant there from 2011 until 2016. He also spent a couple of seasons as the head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston’s G League (formerly D-League) affiliate, winning the NBA D-League Coach of the Year in 2010. Since his stint in Houston he has spent time as an assistant in both Denver and New Orleans.
In the early afternoon it was reported by The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski that the Wolves would be interviewing Milwaukee’s Darvin Ham for the opening as well.
One more name to add to the list of those being interviewed during the Timberwolves head coaching search: Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, league sources tell @TheAthleticMIN (apologies on the correction)
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) May 14, 2019
Ham has been an NBA assistant coach since 2011 when he spent time with the Lakers until 2013. He was then with Mike Budenholzer in Atlanta as an assistant with the Hawks before following him to the Bucks for this season.
This story will be updated as it develops.