NBA Rumors: Timberwolves signing Mark Jackson for coaching spot?

Mark Jackson is being considered by the Timberwolves to lead them next season.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are in the mix of a swirling rumor stating that they are close to landing Mark Jackson in taking over as their head coach for next season. However, a source tells the Associated Press as reported though Yahoo Sports that the Timberwolves are indeed making time to interview Jackson for the post.

The source, who asked for anonymity as the team has not publicly disclosed specifics of its search, went on to state that no deals have been close yet as the Timberwolves are scheduled to interview Jackson on Wednesday, which also completes the team’s interviews with Tom Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy.

The 51-year old Jackson has not coach any team in the NBA ever since he was fired by the Golden State Warriors after steering the team in three seasons with a total win-loss record of 121-109 including two trips to the playoffs.

After retiring from playing basketball, Jackson became a broadcast commentator for ESPN and ABC alongside his former coach Jeff Van Gundy and play-by-play man Mike Breen. He also worked as an analyst for The YES Network’s New Jersey Nets games. Jackson accepted the offer to coach the Warriors in 2011 and after being fired, he signed up again with ESPN.

The Timberwolves finished this year’s season with a 29-53 win-loss record and the team chose not to retain interim coach Sam Mitchell, who filled in last season after the death of Flip Saunders in October.

The Timberwolves are hoping to bounce back from their present performance with the selection trimmed to the troika of Jackson, Thibodeau and Van Gundy taking the helm as the team’s bench tactician. The team is also keen in making a big catch when the free agency starts and hopes to also land a future rookie, who would also help them in the cause.

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