Wolves coaching search on hold

Updated: July 21, 2009, 10:02 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn says he hopes to begin the second round of interviews to fill the team's coaching vacancy this weekend.

The process is being delayed by a trip to Spain. Kahn headed there on Monday to try and help Ricky Rubio negotiate a buyout of his contract with his Spanish pro team.

Kahn has interviewed more than a dozen candidates for the position after deciding not to bring back Kevin McHale. He says he will narrow the field down to three or four finalists before beginning the second round of interviews.

Kahn declined to discuss specific candidates. ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported last week that the process will continue with ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis and Houston assistant Elston Turner. Portland assistant Monty Williams has also been reported to be a candidate.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Senior writer Marc Stein covers the NBA for ESPN.com.

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