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Wolves Relieve Sam Mitchell of Coaching Duties

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced that Sam Mitchell has been relieved of his interim head coaching duties effective immediately, according to a press release from the team.

The Timberwolves will initiate a search for both a new head coach and a new head of basketball operations. Mitchell became the interim coach when Flip Saunders passed away due to Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Preeminent local search firm Korn Ferry will aid in the process. The search will focus exclusively on candidates outside of the current organizational structure.

Milt Newton will continue to serve as the team’s general manager while the new leadership team is assembled.

The Timberwolves were 29-53 this season, which was the third-worst record in the Western Conference. With that said, the team has a very talented young core led by the No. 1 overall pick from the 2014 and 2015 drafts: Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

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Knicks, OKC Come to Agreement on Deal for Melo

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The New York Knicks have agreed to trade 10-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told ESPN on Saturday.

The Thunder will send center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick (via the Chicago Bulls) to New York, league sources said. Anthony, 33, will waive his no-trade clause and his $8.1 million trade kicker to accommodate the deal, league sources told ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Trey Burke to Change Course, Remain Free Agent

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Update: [Trey] Burke has changed course on deal with OKC and will remain a free agent, league sources say.

Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical on Twitter

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Enes Kanter After Being Traded:’Beat the Warriors For Me’

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Shortly after learning he was being traded from Oklahoma City to the New York Knicks, center Enes Kanter posted a video thanking the Thunder organization, its fans and the city, and imploring the team to beat the Golden State Warriors.

“Please beat the Warriors for me,” Kanter said in a heartfelt goodbye video posted to his Instagram account Saturday afternoon. “Please, I’m gonna be watching that game, so please beat the Warriors for me.” Kanter is set to be traded to New York as part of a deal that will send 10-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder, sources told ESPN.

Source: SN Staff on ESPN

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