The Minnesota Timberwolves are negotiating a contract with Rick Adelman to make him the team's next head coach, reports Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The Wolves have interviewed Adelman multiple times since firing Kurt Rambis in July, and reports by Zgoda and others had indicated that Adelman was the team's first choice.
But Adelman, who coached the Houston Rockets for the past four seasons, is seeking a five-year deal worth $25 million, Zgoda reports. After the Wolves paid Rambis to go away, that might seem steep.
If any available coach is worth it, it'd be Adelman, who can lay claim to some of the best offenses of the past 20 years with spells in Portland and Sacramento. Adelman has a career winning percentage over 60 percent, though he's been blessed with solid rosters, except for a stint in Golden State. Minnesota would more closely resemble that than any other team Adelman has coached; the Wolves have gone just 32-132 over the past two seasons.