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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