Rick Adelman Hired As Timberwolves' Head Coach

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement to make Rick Adelman the team's new head coach.

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Rick Adelman Hired To Coach Minnesota Timberwolves, Says Report

Rick Adelman has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves and will become the team's next head coach, reports Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The Wolves fired Kurt Rambis in July, and interviewed a number of candidates. Adelman will have been considered by most to be a best fit, based on his record of winning, his up-tempo inclinations, his sanity as compared to candidates Don Nelson and Larry Brown, and his close personal relationship with fellow Oregonian Kevin Love.

Adelman was reportedly seeking a five-year deal worth $25 million. He spent the last four seasons with the Houston Rockets, where he made the playoffs twice and led the team to its only playoff series win of the Tracy McGrady-Yao Ming era. In 2010-11, the Rockets went 43-39, but missed the postseason in the deep West. Houston had the league's No. 4 offense.

Adelman counts Wolves forward Love as a family friend, as R.A.'s son played high school ball with the All-Star in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Zgoda talked to Love before the hire was confirmed, and Love said that the move "absolutely" will factor into whether he signs a contract extension.

Adelman has a career winning percentage over 60 percent, and is one of the winningest head coaches without an NBA championship. In Minnesota, they'll be glad to see improvement in lieu of parades. For now, at least.

For more on the Wolves, visit Canis Hoopus and SB Nation Minnesota.


Timberwolves, Rick Adelman Negotiating Contract, According To Report

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.

The Wolves are the only NBA team with a head coach opening. For more on the team, visit SB Nation's Canis Hoopusand SB Nation Minnesota.


Rick Adelman To Become Timberwolves' Head Coach, Says Report

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.

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Rick Adelman To Meet With Timberwolves' Glen Taylor To Discuss Coach Job

Rick Adelman will meet with Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor on Tuesday, reports ESPN's Ric Bucher. Adelman formally interviewed with Wolves GM David Kahn last week, and is reportedly interested in the team's head coaching job. The Wolves have gone 32-132 over the past two seasons. Adelman has a career 945-616 record as an NBA head coach.

Adelman spent the last four seasons with the Houston Rockets; he missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons despite finishing over .500 -- such is the strength of the Western Conference -- and parted ways with the team due to a rift among Adelman and management. Oddly enough, the Rockets hired former Wolves GM and interim coach Kevin McHale to replace Adelman.

The Wolves fired Kurt Rambis in July after two dreadful seasons. Minnesota has had a bit of a makeover this summer, bringing 2009 pick Ricky Rubio to the team and taking Derrick Williams No. 2 overall in the June draft. It's expected that once the season officially starts the Wolves will be active in the trade market, in part because Kahn is always active in the trade market and in part because there are significant roster adjustments to be made.


Rick Adelman Reportedly Interested In Timberwolves' Job, Contacting Potential Assistant Coaches

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.


Rick Adelman To Finally Interview With Timberwolves, Says Report

The Minnesota Timberwolves still don't have a coach. Normally, this would be a problem, given that it's nearly September. But with the NBA lockout having thrown the 2011-12 season into question, there's no particular need to have a coach in place right now. As it turns out, taking their time could pay off for the Wolves, as Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the team finally convinced Rick Adelman to interview properly for the job.

Wolves GM David Kahn had previously discussed the job opening with Adelman over the phone, but only now was able to draw him to face-to-face meetings with himself and higher management, including team owner Glen Taylor, who chairs the NBA's labor committee.

Adelman parted ways with the Houston Rockets after a 43-39 season that didn't result in a playoff berth but did pleasantly surprise most observers. Adelman has one of the best coaching records in NBA history and would seem to be a perfect fit with Minnesota's odd but promising roster. It'd be a major coup for Kahn to convince Adelman to take on the task.

For more on the Wolves, visit Canis Hoopus and SB Nation Minnesota.


Timberwolves To Fire Kurt Rambis After 2011 NBA Draft, Says Report

Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn has decided to fire head coach Kurt Rambis, but won't officially do so until after Thursday's 2011 NBA Draft, reports Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. Rambis has had two rough seasons in Minnesota after arriving as a highly-touted assistant coach under Phil Jackson with the L.A. Lakers. The Wolves have gone 32-132 under Rambis, the worst two-year record in the NBA.

The Wolves have left Rambis hanging on the vine since season's end, something that made the coach bristle earlier in June when he attended draft workouts in Minneapolis. He told reporters that he'd have handled the situation differently were he in Kahn's shoes.

Early this offseason, Wolves owner Glen Taylor determined he'd retain Kahn going forward, but left Rambis' fate up to the GM. The Wolves this week announced the arrival of top 2009 Draft pick Ricky Rubio, who remains in Spain for two seasons before making the leap for next year. The Wolves have the No. 2 pick in Thursday's draft.

For more on the Wolves, visit Canis Hoopus and SB Nation Minnesota.

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