The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of many teams currently looking for a new head coach. Thus far, there really haven’t been any solid leads as to who they might try and hire. That’s all changed with Thursday’s news of a Vinny Del Negro interview.
Del Negro’s candidacy isn’t so much about selling K-Love, as it’s developing Ricky Rubio, sources say. He had Rose and Paul in CHI and LA.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 29, 2014
So this is the T-Wolves plan — develop Ricky Rubio and not necessarily sell Kevin Love?
I suppose if it’s a forgone conclusion that Love is going to leave town next year, then okay. But the T-Wolves haven’t taken that stance publicly. They say they have no interest in trading Love, even though he’s made it clear he won’t be re-signing in Minnesota long-term.
What is Del Negro really going to do for the T-Wolves? He’s proven over his coaching career that he’s average-at-best (210-184) on the sidelines. Sure, he had a couple of decent seasons in L.A. before being shown the door last year. But with all the talent on the Clippers roster, anyone could have coached them to 50+ wins.
Obviously Minnesota needs a head coach, and candidates aren’t exactly abundant. There are worse hires than Del Negro, but there are certainly more qualified candidates as well. But what top notch available coach really wants to go to a team that’s about to lose its superstar?
We’ll see how this plays out, but it’s hard to see T-Wolves fans being excited about Vinny Del Negro if he is indeed brought on.