SALT LAKE CITY — The Minnesota Timberwolves didn't have to search for a new head coach after all.
Flip Saunders, Minnesota's president of basketball operations, has been hired to replace the retired Rick Adelman, according to multiple national reports.
Saunders' hiring is of interest to Jazz fans for multiple reasons.
For one thing, it doesn't take anybody out of the current coaching candidate pool. None of the Jazz's top three candidates — Alvin Gentry, Quin Snyder and Adrian Griffin — were up for the Minnesota job, but it's unknown if the unnamed fourth candidate had interviewed with the T-Wolves.
Minnesota will also be the landing spot for former Jazz assistant coach Sidney Lowe, who will join Sam Mitchell on Minnesota's bench, according to Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Jerry Zgoda.
Lowe went 33-102 as the T-Wolves' head coach from 1992-94. He's also played in Minnesota and has had two stints as an assistant there.
The 54-year-old spent the past three seasons as Tyrone Corbin's lead assistant with the Utah Jazz after resigning at North Carolina State. The contracts of Corbin and his coaching crew were not renewed by Jazz management after Utah finished the 2013-14 season with a 25-57 record.
Don't expect anybody in the Jazz front office to be hired as Utah's head coach. General manager Dennis Lindsey hasn't been on the bench since holding jobs as an assistant at Fort Worth Southwest High School and Pensacola Junior College before joining the Houston Rockets as a video coordinator and scout in 1996.
Kevin O'Connor, the Jazz's executive vice president of basketball operations, has the most coaching experience among Utah brass. He was Larry Brown's assistant at UCLA in 1980 when the Bruins played for the NCAA title. O'Connor has also been an assistant at Virginia Military Institute, Belmont Abbey College and Colorado.Comment on this story
For the record, Jazz CEO Greg Miller and team president Randy Rigby do not have any basketball coaching experience.
Lowe's old boss, Corbin, is in the early stages of the interview process to be an assistant at Sacramento. His name has also been linked by Yahoo! Sports to assistant openings at Houston and Golden State.