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Adelman’s deal with Timberwolves four years, $20 million

Sep 13, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

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Money was always the biggest potential stumbling block to Rick Adelman coming to coach the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Minnesota has been a notoriously cheap franchise. Owner Glen Taylor has a mid-market team and he ran it on a budget. It explained things like why former coach Kurt Rambis was embarrassingly left to twist in the wind for months after this season and asked to write a report on what he planned to do — the humiliation might force Rambis to quit, then franchise saved $4 million in owed salary. (He didn’t.)

Meanwhile Adelman had been around the block and with that demanded a certain level of compensation — he wanted $5 million a year and ideally five years guaranteed. That is on the upper end of coaches’ salaries (with Phil Jackson’s outlier gone, Doc Rivers is not the highest paid at $7 million a year).

Which is why this report out of the Pioneer Press was a sign of just how badly the Timberwolves wanted Adelman.

The deal will pay Adelman $20 million over four years, and it is expected to be guaranteed during the NBA lockout.

I think this is a good fit on the court. Kevin Love also says it makes him more likely to sign an extension with the team (his rookie deal can be extended once the lockout ends). Both big factors.

Adelman is worth the money. Good to see the Wolves spend it.

  1. allfour851 - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Yes, Kahn and Taylor made the right move in hiring Adelman. But it was never a money problem. Sometimes people on both sides of a deal need time to step back and think about it.

    To say “Minnesota has been a notoriously cheap franchise. Owner Glen Taylor has a mid-market team and he ran it on a budget” is both unfair and wrong. Taylor has never denied a general manager the money to acquire or keep someone they wanted. Kevin Garnett $120 million (contract forced last lockout), Flip Saunders $5 million per year, Latrell Sprewell major money last year of contract and offered $21 million for 3 yrs at end of his career, Joe Smith guaranted a contract against the rules and that killed the francise. There’s more but too many bad mistakes to keep going.

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