Report: Rambis, Wolves talk again

Updated: August 6, 2009, 7:57 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Kurt Rambis might be a head coach before many anticipated.

Long considered the heir apparent to Phil Jackson on the Lakers bench, the Los Angeles assistant might now be the leading candidate to coach the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Rambis was flying to Minnesota Wednesday morning to meet again with the Wolves. He has already had a second interview, but team owner Glen Taylor recently said that he will have to sign off on the hiring of a new coach.

Rambis played nine seasons with the Lakers, winning four titles with the "Showtime" Lakers of the 1980s. He has been a Lakers assistant coach for 10 seasons and filled in for Jackson when he missed games for medical reasons.

Rambis appeared to be close to getting the Sacramento Kings coaching job this summer, but negotiations fell through, and the position ultimately went to Paul Westphal. Rambis also spoke to the Philadelphia 76ers about their coaching vacancy, but that job went to Eddie Jordan.

If Rambis does indeed get the Wolves job, he would beat out ESPN analyst Mark Jackson and Houston assistant Elston Turner.

The Wolves parted ways with coach Kevin McHale after a 24-58 season. McHale had left the front office to take over for Randy Wittman, who started 4-15.

David Kahn took over as general manager and has spearheaded a busy offseason in Minnesota. The Wolves drafted point guards Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio in the first round and pulled off numerous trades to remake the roster.

Kahn recently went to Spain to try to help facilitate Rubio's buyout from DKV Joventut.

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