Once of inaugural Timberwolves coach Bill Musselman's CBA carryovers, former NBA guard Sidney Lowe is reportedly looking for a job after the firing of Tyrone Corbin in Utah, where Lowe has served as an assistant since 2011. It would be Lowe's fourth return to Minnesota as a coach; he served as an assistant in 1991-93, was head coach in 1993-94 and spent two separate stints under Saunders in the Twin Cities, 1994-99 and 2003-05. Lowe (79-228 all-time as a head coach) also coached the Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies from 2000-02 and North Carolina State from 2006-11, and worked as an assistant in Cleveland and Detroit. He's considered a virtual lock to join Saunders' staff a third time.
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Like Lowe, Mitchell is an original Timberwolves alum considered a shoe-in to make a Twin Cities return. After opening and closing his NBA playing career in Minnesota, Mitchell sandwiched a four-year head coaching stint in Toronto -- where he led the Raptors to a 156-189 mark and playoff berths in 2007 and 2008 -- between assistantships in Milwaukee and New Jersey. He interviewed for Minnesota's head coaching vacancy but has been out of the league since 2011 while working as an NBA analyst for TSN. Mitchell played forward for Saunders from 1995-2002 and spent the first three years of his NBA tenure in Minnesota under Mussleman.
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Blatt, currently coaching Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv, is widely regarded as one of Europe's most successful coaches. After playing for Princeton offense creator Pete Carril and in Israel's Super League, he spent the past two decades overseeing clubs in Israel, Italy and Russia. Among his most notable accomplishments is guiding the Russian national team to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, and he most recently led Maccabi to a European championship. In addition to Minnesota, where he could be tabbed as a coach in waiting, Blatt is reportedly in the running for the Cleveland Cavaliers' head coaching vacancy and an assistant position under Steve Kerr in Golden State.
A favorite player of Saunders' in both Minnesota and Detroit, the 37-year-old guard likely has a transitional spot waiting for him in Minneapolis if he wants it. Billups played for Saunders here from 2000-02 and was the No. 1 point guard on Saunders' Pistons teams that reached three straight Eastern Conference finals from 2005-08. Billups hasn't officially retired yet but hasn't played in more than 22 games in any of the past four seasons. The Pistons are unlikely to pick up the $2.5 million option for next season on his player contract. One caveat: Billups has said previously he'd rather work in an executive capacity than on the sidelines. Saunders, though, may have him reconsidering.
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Saunders' "Country Club" hasn't been above nepotism in the past, and there's no reason to think he wouldn't consider having son Ryan rejoin him with the Timberwolves. An assistant with the Wizards since his dad coached there from 2009-12, Ryan Saunders is a widely respected aide that could one day fill the head coaching shoes of Flip Saunders. Where better to make that progression than Minnesota, where Ryan Saunders spent a large chunk of his childhood and played for the Gophers for four years?