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Report: Adelman leaves Minnesota with no offer, no promise

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That’s two meetings with front office of Minnesota — the second one including owner Glen Taylor — and Rick Adelman still does not have an offer to be the head coach of the Timberwolves.

Leaving without an offer is not that big a deal, the question is will one be coming?

Ric Bucher at ESPN.com said that Adelman also left without the promise of an offer.

Adelman returned to Minneapolis late Monday night, had dinner with general manager David Kahn and met with Taylor at his home on Tuesday before flying home again, the source said.

The Timberwolves do not plan to interview any more candidates, but there is a possibility that they could invite one or two who already have interviewed to a second visit, a league source said. Aside from Adelman, the Timberwolves interviewed Bernie Bickerstaff, Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Terry Porter, Mike Woodson and Sam Mitchell.

With all do respect to the other men interviewed, Adelman is by far the best choice for this team. He is a winner (he went to the playoffs 16 of the 20 years he’s been in the league and had a few contenders), he likes an up-tempo offense but his half-court sets are variations of the triangle offense Kurt Rambis tried to install, and he would get them to play defense. The Wolves are young and talented, he could teach them to win in the NBA.

But he’s going to cost at least $4 million a year. And he’s never really been an owner’s favorite.

If Taylor just is not willing to pay the price for Adelman, why bring him back for a second interview? Simply put, if the Wolves are serious about molding their young core this is the best guy on the market. If the price is not an issue, he should be given an offer. If price is an issue, why bring him back out? Well, it is the Timberwolves

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.