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Breaking down the Wolves coaching search by dollars

Jul 29, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT

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It’s all about the Benjamins.

With the Minnesota Timberwolves interviewing a roughly everyone west of the Misissippi River for their open coaching position — Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Rick Adelman, Terry Porter, Bernie Bickerstaff, Mike Woodson — it is hard to get exactly what they are looking for. Sure, GM David Kahn said he wanted someone with “uptempo DNA” but not everyone on that list fits that criteria.

Over at the Star Tribune, beat writer Jerry Zgoda suggests who gets the job may come down to how much the Bucks are willing to pay.

If they’re willing to pay $4-5 million a year, the pick clearly seems to be former Houston coach Rick Adelman, a candidate who meets all of Kahn’s criteria for style of play, winning track record and the unspoken but important Kevin Love Factor.

If their ceiling is $3 million — plus bonuses — it’s Don Nelson. Working down from there, in the $2 million range and in descending order, your picks are Mike Woodson, Bernie Bickerstaff (and Son) and then Terry Porter.

The Wolves just had to pay (or are paying) the remaining two years and $4 million owed Kurt Rambis, which may impact their decision. As Zgoda noted, Adelman interviewed for this job over the phone, not flying out to Minnesota, which is not exactly a sign everyone is serious about that happening.

I’d tell you who I think the frontrunner is if I had any clue, but I’m not about to try and guess what Kahn’s next move will be, save that a couple more first-round interviews are expected.

  1. JB (the original) - Jul 29, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    This must be why they sent me an e-mail yesterday to buy a “flex 10 pack” where I could pick any 10 games I wanted (so I virtually did, to see what was available). I selected all the best games and to sit top of the lower level mid-court ($110/seat), just to see what was available. Well, apparently nothing available there, so the system offered me seats in the next section over (towards the corner–a lower price range) but were still going to charge me the more expensive seats price…. C’mon, bad enough that you’re trying to get money from people when there isn’t even going to be a season, but then to try and rook them on the pricing??? Must be desperate for funds….

  2. Justin - Jul 29, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    “Over at the Star Tribune, beat writer Jerry Zgoda suggests who gets the job may come down to how much the Bucks are willing to pay”

    So the Bucks pay for our coach? I say we don’t set a limit then!

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