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Report: Adelman near deal to become Timberwolves coach

Sep 10, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

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If this happens, David Kahn will have won the summer.

After having a second interview and some discussions about money, it appears that Rick Adelman is near a deal to take over as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, reports Bill Ingram at HoopsWorld.

Sources close to the situation told HOOPSWORLD that Adelman is expected to reach a contract agreement with the Timberwolves next week.

If, as reported, the choices really had come down to Adelman and Don Nelson, than this is a huge win for Minnesota. Actually, it’s a huge win any way you look at it.

Adelman has been to the playoffs 16 of the 20 years he has been a coach in the NBA and had title contenders in Portland and Sacramento. His teams play defense — something the Wolves were wretched at last season — and they run. That is the one thing they need to do with Ricky Rubio coming in, this needs to be a team that gets out in transition. Adelman’s half court “corner” offense uses a lot of the spacing principles of the triangle, so he is a good fit there.

Adelman also comes in with an established good relationship with Kevin Love. That was one of the failings of Kurt Rambis, but Adelman’s son played high school ball with Love and Love used to come over to the Adelman home.

Adelman reportedly wants $5 million a year for five years guaranteed, but if the Wolves are serious about winning that will be the toll.

If this comes together like it appears it will, Kahn will have convinced Rubio to leave Spain and come here despite the lockout, have drafted Derrick Williams No. 2 overall and gotten Adelman, a coach that can mold a lot of good young talent on the Wolves. He never should have let Rambis twist in the wind like he did, but bottom line is the Wolves will be a lot better on the court next season because of what Kahn did this summer. That’s a win.

  1. trbowman - Sep 10, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Boy has Adelman fallen.

    • trbowman - Sep 10, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      ……..into the basketball abyss

  2. btwicey - Sep 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Great job wolves, the road to success starts here.

  3. adiddie - Sep 10, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Trbowman, u can suck one, go timberline! Were comin were comin

    • trbowman - Sep 11, 2011 at 1:15 AM

      Sorry, but David Stern will never let the Timberwolves become relevant in the NBA.

  4. meatloaf025 - Sep 11, 2011 at 7:18 AM

    The way Rubio is playing will be better to keep him out

  5. rajbais - Sep 11, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Rick Adelman has now jumped on the Titanic!!!

    David Kahn: worst GM in NBA!!!

  6. fremontrambler - Sep 11, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    The 5 year guarantee request is an indictment of Glen Taylor’s management style. It basically says, “I know you don’t have the stones to see this through when things get tough, so I’m going to make you put it in writing.”

    I’m not sold that Adelman is the best guy for this young team, but Nelson would be a far worse choice.

  7. bullsfan93 - Sep 12, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Maybe Rick Adelman can get into Michael Beasley head and help him improve his game…the kids got so much talent.

  8. bullsfan93 - Sep 12, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Maybe Rick Adelman can get into Michael Beasley head and help him improve his game…the kids got so much talent.

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