"Nellieball" might be making its way to the Twin Cities. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, league sources say the NBA's all-time coaching wins leader is "intrigued by the talent" on the Timberwolves' roster.
Kurt Rambis was officially fired as head coach of the Timberwolves earlier Tuesday. The move came as no surprise and had been anticipated for weeks.
Nelson most recently coached with the Golden State Warriors in the 2009-2010 season before being dismissed days before the start of training camp last year.
This news comes on the heels of Wolves' GM David Kahn's press conference, in which he announced he wants the team to have a more up-tempo attitude despite leading the NBA in possessions per game last season.
Nelson would certainly fit the bill for Kahn's wishes, as his teams typically play with small lineups and a focus on the fast break. Nelson has previously expressed a fondness for Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio and power forward Kevin Love, Stein said.