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Reports: Vinny Del Negro 'serious candidate' for Wolves

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Vinny Del Negro is reportedly a coaching candidate for Minnesota.
Vinny Del Negro is reportedly a coaching candidate for Minnesota. (USATSI)

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Vinny Del Negro interviewed with the Minnesota Timberwolves last week, and has emerged as a "serious candidate" for their vacant head-coaching position, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. The discussion reportedly took place before Minnesota's talks with Dave Joerger, who elected to remain with the Memphis Grizzlies, had ended.

The ex-Chicago Bulls and ex-Los Angeles Clippers coach met with Timberwolves president Flip Saunders in Cleveland and impressed him, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Del Negro is also in the mix for the Cleveland Cavaliers job, and Minnesota has interviewed Sam Mitchell, Lionel Hollins and Scott Skiles. All signs point to Saunders going with someone who has previously held a head-coaching job.

It's sort of strange that Del Negro is making the rounds again, considering the enormous amount of public criticism he took with regards to Xs and Os in both Chicago and Los Angeles. He does have a track record of winning in the NBA, though, and that seems to count for something.

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