Wolves consider Vinny Del Negro

Former Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro has emerged as a serious candidate for the Minnesota Timberwolves vacancy, according to NBA coaching sources.

Sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that Del Negro, who is also being considered for the Cleveland Cavaliers job, was spotted last week interviewing with Wolves president and part owner Flip Saunders and is firmly in the mix for the post after the collapse of Minnesota's talks with Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger.

It was widely assumed that Minnesota would turn to co-finalist and former Wolves forward Sam Mitchell after Grizzlies owner Robert Pera unexpectedly talked Joerger into staying in Memphis, thanks partly to improving the terms of Joerger's contract.

But sources say Mitchell is by no means a shoo-in to replace the retiring Rick Adelman, with Del Negro said to have made a strong impression on the Wolves.

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