Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders' friend from his days coaching the Detroit Pistons spends every offseason fielding rumors involving his departure to the NBA, and a move to Minnesota would make a lot of sense. Izzo helped Saunders evaluate NBA Draft prospects last offseason and recently said he'd "never say never to anything" when asked about transitioning from the college to the pro ranks. But getting him to leave Sparty behind may require some convincing; in 19 years at the helm, he's been to six Final Fours, including the 2000 NCAA championship.
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY SportsAdam Hunger
George Karl, ESPN analyst, former NBA head coach
If Minnesota is looking for another veteran to replace Rick Adelman, Karl tops the list. The 62-year-old has 25 years of NBA head coaching experience and has led his teams to the playoffs in all but three of those seasons, including nine straight with the Denver Nuggets from 2004-13. But the Nuggets' front office let him go after 2012-13 largely because they made it past the first round only once during that span. Given his age, Karl -- working as an ESPN NBA analyst this season -- likely isn't a long-term solution, either.
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY SportsChris Humphreys
Billy Donovan, Florida head coach
Might Minnesota take a chance on the man that spurned the NBA once before? It's hard to imagine Donovan would do a big-league about-face like he did in 2007, when the Orlando Magic hired him away from the Gators only to see him return to Gainesville within a matter of days. His résumé may be worth the risk, though. Donovan has been to four straight Elite Eights and compiled a 486-189 (.720) record during his 18 seasons overseeing Florida's program.
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsBob Donnan
Stan Van Gundy, former NBA head coach
The former Heat and Magic coach has been out of the profession for two years but could make a return via the Twin Cities. In eight seasons coaching both Florida clubs, Van Gundy compiled a 371-208 (.641) record and reached the playoffs all but one year (2005-06). In 2009, he led Orlando to the NBA Finals, where it lost to the Lakers in five games. He and Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders are familiar with each other, having spent the 2012-13 NBA season working for ESPN.
Douglas Jones-USA TODAY SportsDouglas Jones
Flip Saunders, Timberwolves president of basketball operations
A popular pick for Saunders to insert as the Timberwolves' next head coach is the franchise's president of basketball operations himself. While Saunders, hired to replace David Kahn a year ago, hasn't openly expressed interest in coaching again, he hasn't done anything to rule it out, either. The most successful stint of his 16-year NBA head coaching career came in Minnesota; he compiled a 411-326 (.558) overall mark in nine seasons here, highlighted by an organization-best 58-24 mark in 2003-04, which culminated in a Western Conference Finals berth.