The Minnesota Timberwolves parted ways with interim head coach Sam Mitchell, it was announced Wednesday night shortly following a season-ending 144-109 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Wolves official release is definitive: Sam Mitchell relieved of coaching duties. Search begins for new coach and president of basketball ops
— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) April 14, 2016
Mitchell took over the coaching duties in Minny back in October after Flip Saunders died.
Team owner Glen Taylor says the T-Wolves have a bright future ahead of them.
From the press release:
“The future of the Minnesota Timberwolves has never been brighter,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “It’s important that we find the best leaders to shape our talented team and help them realize their full potential. We owe it to our fans, our community and to our players to ensure our team has the best chance possible of winning an NBA title.
“I would like to thank both Sam and Milt for a good job under very difficult circumstances in guiding our team this season,” said Taylor. “They were put in a historically challenging position as no team in NBA history has had an active head coach pass away. Both men provided our team with continuity and direction for the 2015-16 season. We will always be grateful to Sam for his contributions this season and wish him and his family the best in the future.”
The team’s search for these two basketball leadership positions will be wide-ranging and extensive. Milt Newton will continue to serve as General Manager as the new leadership team is assembled. No timeline has been set and no further updates will be provided until the conclusion of the searches.