Sep 13, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT
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.
Adelman is worth the money. Good to see the Wolves spend it.
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