Rick Adelman plans to accept the Minnesota Timberwolves' offer to become the team's next head coach, reports Bill Ingram of HOOPSWORLD. Recent reports out of Minneapolis have suggested that the next coach of the cellar-dwelling Wolves would be either Adelman or Don Nelson, with the Adelman hire held up by financial concerns.
Adelman coached the Houston Rockets over the past four seasons. The Rockets missed the 2011 playoffs despite a 43-39 record; midseason trades (including Shane Battier for Hasheem Thabeet and a draft pick) seemed destined to toss Houston into the tank, but with Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Kyle Lowry, Adelman kept the Rockets as one of the best offenses in the league.
The Wolves fired Kurt Rambis in July after a combined 32-132 record in two seasons. Minnesota has added 2009 draft pick Ricky Rubio and 2011 No. 2 pick Derrick Williams already this offseason, and is expected to be active once the NBA lockout ends.