Rick Adelman is "definitely interested" in the Minnesota Timberwolves' head coach job and has contacted potential assistant coaches, reports Joe Schmit of KSTP-TV in Minneapolis. Adelman formally interviewed for the job earlier this week, a month after speaking to Wolves GM David Kahn over the phone. In the interim, Kahn had interviewed a number of candidates, including Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Sam Mitchell and Mike Woodson.
Adelman is one of the game's great offensive coaches, leaning on his work in the 1990s with the Portland Trail Blazers and in the late '90s and first half of the 2000s with the Sacramento Kings. The Houston Rockets also boasted a strong offense last season despite an odd collection of pieces; nonetheless, the Rockets and Adelman parted ways over an apparent disinterest from the coach to add a young apprentice to his staff.
The Wolves fired Kurt Rambis after two wildly unsuccessful seasons. Adding a coach of Adelman's repute would count as a third major coup in Kahn's offseason, after the contract agreement with Ricky Rubio and the drafting of Derrick Williams.