• The Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Wednesday that they were relieving Sam Mitchell of his duties, which came after a day of reports indicating that the Wolves had retained an outside firm to conduct a search for both a new coach and also for a new president of business operations.

    That search will include the potential for the new coach to have some or total control of the front office, which isn’t surprising given the high profile nature of this job.  Rookie Karl-Anthony Towns and a stable of talent including Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Gorgui Dieng and Ricky Rubio is going to attract the best of the best, and the best of the best also want to shop for the groceries if they’re going to cook the meal.

    GM Milt Newton is likely out, though he could be kept on board in some capacity.  We all know how that usually works out, but stranger things have happened.

    Tom Thibodeau, Jeff Van Gundy and Scott Brooks have been mentioned the most as the Wolves’ likely targets, as the small group of coach’s agents work the phones hard to position their clients in a quickly evolving coaching market.  Wait too long whether you’re a coach or a team and you could be left out.

    The Wizards just dismissed Randy Wittman and the Kings are about to dismiss George Karl.  Brooks has been linked to both of those openings, and the Lakers are expected to join this mix along with Luke Walton as big names participating in the coaching chase.

    For Mitchell, he was handed the reins when Flip Saunders died from Hodgkin’s lymphoma in October.  Reviews of the job he has done have been mixed at best, and with the type of talent the Wolves have the time is most definitely now to get the best of the best on the sidelines.

    The good news if you’re a Wolves fan is that your team shouldn’t have to accept anything but a top-tier coach — or something got botched in the process.

     

Fantasy News

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Bruce Brown Jr. put up eight points with 10 boards on 3-of-10 shooting in a loss to the Blazers on Sunday.

    Brown Jr. is the first guard in Pistons history to have 10 or more rebounds in four consecutive games. He can be left on the wire as the Pistons rotation is a complete mess and his role is unknown.

    Source: Johnny Kane on Twitter

  • Brandon Knight
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Brandon Knight played well in a loss to the Blazers on Sunday as he put up 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting.

    Knight knocked down three triples and added two rebounds and three assists to the box score. Langston Galloway chipped in 13 points with four rebounds and four assists. This is more of a fluke game for Knight, but Galloway should be owned in deeper leagues for his shooting and passing ability.

  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Christian Wood put up 26 points with nine boards in 31 minutes of action in a 107-104 loss to the Blazers on Sunday.

    Wood shot 9-of-15 from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. He also added one assist and two blocks to the stat sheet. Wood is undoubtedly the best fantasy player on the Pistons and should return top-50 value for the remainder of the season.

  • Mario Hezonja
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Mario Hezonja (left ankle sprain) returned from injury on Sunday and recorded one assist in 12 minutes of action.

    Hezonja should not be on anyone's radar as he has fallen out of the fantasy spectrum. Leave him on the wire.

  • CJ McCollum
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    C.J. McCollum set season-highs with 41 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists in a win over the Pistons on Sunday.

    McCollum shot 15-of-30 from the field and knocked down six triples. McCollum actually set a career-high with 12 assists as he found ways to get his teammates involved in this one. His value gets boosted when Damian Lillard is out, but he remains a middle-round value for the remainder of the season.

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Anthony put up a season-high 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting in a 107-104 win over the Pistons on Sunday.

    Anthony brought his efficiency back up after his recent struggles from the field, which helped the Blazers pull out a close victory. Trevor Ariza, who had been trending up as of late, put up just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in 36 minutes. Ariza should bring top-100 value, while Anthony remains a late-round option for standard leagues.

  • Terrance Ferguson
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Terrance Ferguson exited the game early with back stiffness as the Thunder beat the Spurs on Sunday.

    Ferguson had zero points, one rebound, one assist and one block on 0-of-2 shooting in 10 minutes. We should receive an update on the extent of his injury in the coming days.

  • Andrew Wiggins
    SF, Golden State Warriors

    Andrew Wiggins had an awful shooting performance as he went 3-of-16 from the field for eight points against the Pelicans on Sunday, but salvaged this line to a degree with 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal.

    Wiggins has been surprisingly versatile with the Warriors thus far, and before tonight he had been shooting well as the number one offensive option. If Wiggins can continue to be a decent contributor in the steals and blocks department he will be a useful fantasy option in standard leagues. Once Stephen Curry takes the court Wiggins' offensive contributions are going to take a hit, and he will need to diversify his fantasy profile.

  • Jordan Poole
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    Jordan Poole kept up his momentum while facing the Pelicans on Sunday, tallying 19 points, five assists, four rebounds and one 3-pointer.

    Poole is worth a move in deeper formats as he has emerged with a reliable role for the Warriors lately. We've seen the Warriors play roulette with there roster all season though, Poole's turn in the spotlight is likely to end sooner than later. If you are looking for a hot flyer he is worth a pickup until Stephen Curry returns.

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Juan Toscano-Anderson had a night to remember against the Pelicans on Sunday, dropping 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers, two blocks and one steal.

    The absence of Marquese Chriss (left calf) gave Toscano-Anderson the runway he needed to go off. It's hard to imagine JTA becoming a regular piece for the Warriors, who were also without Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry is supposed to return before the season is all said and done as well. Keep him in mind while Chriss is out, but Toscano-Anderson is not a pickup yet.