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Adelman’s deal with Timberwolves four years, $20 million

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Money was always the biggest potential stumbling block to Rick Adelman coming to coach the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Minnesota has been a notoriously cheap franchise. Owner Glen Taylor has a mid-market team and he ran it on a budget. It explained things like why former coach Kurt Rambis was embarrassingly left to twist in the wind for months after this season and asked to write a report on what he planned to do — the humiliation might force Rambis to quit, then franchise saved $4 million in owed salary. (He didn’t.)

Meanwhile Adelman had been around the block and with that demanded a certain level of compensation — he wanted $5 million a year and ideally five years guaranteed. That is on the upper end of coaches’ salaries (with Phil Jackson’s outlier gone, Doc Rivers is not the highest paid at $7 million a year).

Which is why this report out of the Pioneer Press was a sign of just how badly the Timberwolves wanted Adelman.

The deal will pay Adelman $20 million over four years, and it is expected to be guaranteed during the NBA lockout.

I think this is a good fit on the court. Kevin Love also says it makes him more likely to sign an extension with the team (his rookie deal can be extended once the lockout ends). Both big factors.

Adelman is worth the money. Good to see the Wolves spend it.

Give David Kahn credit, he hit a home run this summer

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Kicking Timberwolves General Manager David Kahn has been a favorite past time of bloggers and NBA writers for years.

With reason. There were moves like brining in Kurt Rambis as coach to run the triangle offense — an offense minimizes traditional point guard play — then instantly drafting Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn back-to-back at No. 5 and No. 6 in the draft. Rambis turned out to be a flop, anyway. There was giving a four-year deal to Darko Milicic. There were oh, so many more.

But give the man credit — this summer he knocked it out of the park.

He convinced Ricky Rubio to leave Barcelona and come over to the United States next season, even when there were serious questions if there would be a next season. Rubio has his flaws and his jump shot needs work (a lot of work), but he can defend and has a court vision you can’t teach. He could be special. And he’s just 20 but has been playing on the international stage for years.

Kahn then got lucky — the Timberwolves won just 17 games last season so they had the most ping pong balls in the lottery — and Kahn ended up with the No. 2 overall pick. He shopped it around, apparently asked for the moon, and when he didn’t get it he kept it. Then he did the right thing and took Derrick Williams with it — that guy can score at the NBA level and will be a good small forward. How much Williams can develop his defense and all around game remains to be seen, but he can finish and has looked good in transition and at the rim in pro-ams. Playing with Rubio he will get some chances to show that off.

And now Kahn has gone out and hired Rick Adelman as coach. It is a great hire for this team. (Not everyone agrees with that, but I think it is.)

First, Adelman comes in with a good relationship with Kevin Love, something Rambis lacked. Where that really matters is Love telling Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune that hiring Adelman makes it much more likely Love re-signs with Minnesota (he is up for an extension off his rookie deal whenever the lockout ends).

Where Love’s frayed relationship with his previous coach showed was when Rambis sat Love and used other tactics to get him to play better defense. Adelman comes in with gravitas, Love (and others) will listen to and respect him. They will follow. Also, both Love and Rubio are high hoops IQ guys, guys mature for their age, who should react well to Adelman’s style.

Adelman’s teams run, and with the Timberwolves roster (Love’s outlet passes, Rubio in transition, Williams and Beasley finishing) they must run. This team is made to run. The problem was last year the Wolves also turned the ball over a lot — Adelman’s teams do not do that.

When they do go into the half court, Adelman’s corner offense matches well with the triangle principles Rambis teaches and big men who can pass like Darko and Love. This should be a fit.

Kahn’s moves this summer have made the Timberwolves a lot better. They may not make the playoffs next season (this is a very deep West still and they have a long way to go) but this team is on the right track.

Minnesota got a lot better in the last few months because of David Kahn. He deserves the kudos now.

Update: It’s official, Rick Adelman is Timberwolves new coach

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UPDATE 5:45 pm: It’s official, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune has two sources confirming what has been expected — Rick Adelman is the new head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Expect and official announcement from the team soon.

That’s twice now that Kevin Love broke on twitter that the Wolves hired  a new coach. The team can’t chastise him for it this time, they can’t even talk to him.

Adelman is a great fit for this team. The experience he brings to the Timberwolves will help bring along Ricky Rubio, and it will force Kevin Love to play some defense. Adelman will bring some accountability.

Now, Adelman is also a power broker in the league who has talked about wanting a front office job — did David Kahn just hire his replacement? Maybe. But now right now because Kahn has won this summer with a series of good moves. Minnesota will be better next season for what he did this summer.

3:10 pm: Two years ago, Kevin Love created a firestorm when he tweeted the news that Kevin McHale was going to be the Timberwolves coach before anybody else knew.

He may have just done it again.

We know that Rick Adelman is in talks with the Timberwolves and then Kevin Love tweeted this Monday afternoon:

Houston, we have a coach.

Is that official? Not exactly tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune:

Just talked to @kevinlove and said he’s heard “rumblings” today from various sources close to Adelman that he’s the new coach.

Love is the franchise player on this team and had been consulted on the coaching search prior to the lockout. However, nobody from the team could have told him or his agent of the hire without risking the wrath of David Stern and a massive fine (there will be no contact with players is one of the lockout commandments). That said, it’s not that hard to get word out through intermediaries if someone really want to.

I want to see more confirmation, but it looks like Adelman is your new Timberwolves coach. Which I think is a great move, even if everybody doesn’t agree with that assessment.

Is Rick Adelman really a good fit for young Minnesota?

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Rick Adelman is in negotiations to become the next head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. This should be quick and clean because as we’ve said before, the Timberwolves knew the price ballpark coming into the talks — $5 million per year and maybe five years guaranteed. There should be no sticker shock.

I’ve also been saying I think Adelman is a great fit for the Timberwolves — Adelman’s teams play up-tempo (needed with this roster) but take care of the ball. They play good defense without fouling. Adelman has a good relationship with Kevin Love, he can mold Ricky Rubio, his corner offense fits the skill sets on that team. Everything just seems to work.

But Adelman doesn’t really have a good track record coaching young teams. He struggled with a young Warriors team.

Matt Steinmetz reminds us of that at CSNBayArea.com.

Adelman has never been the center of attention on any of the teams he’s coached, and he’s just as much a moderator and manager as a coach. Adelman is at his best coaching a veteran team or at least a team with experienced players who are self-motivated….

Don’t see him as a good fit in Minnesota. The Timberwolves are too young to appreciate or benefit from someone like Adelman, who is more suited for a ready-made team that understands basketball schemes and knows what it takes to win in the NBA.

Adelman’s not really the kind of coach who will get a young team to overachieve — and the reason I say that is because he’s not huge on motivation and he’s more of a system guy than a matchup or gimmicky guy.

He also questions if Adelman will really be around long enough to see the Minnesota building project all the way through.

It’s a valid concern — Kurt Rambis was the same kind of understated coach. He was not a college-style a motivator, as Rambis was never a guy who needed a coach to motivate him.

But I think in Love and Rubio (who comes in with a wealth of top flight international experience at the highest levels) you have two guys wise beyond their years. Two guys who don’t need the motivation as much as the teacher. Adelman can be that teacher.

And I disagree with Steinmetz on one thing — I think Don Nelson (the reported second choice) would be a mistake, too. A worse one than Adelman might be, based on everything we saw out of how Nelson handled a young team in Golden State.

Report: Adelman near deal to become Timberwolves coach

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If this happens, David Kahn will have won the summer.

After having a second interview and some discussions about money, it appears that Rick Adelman is near a deal to take over as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, reports Bill Ingram at HoopsWorld.

Sources close to the situation told HOOPSWORLD that Adelman is expected to reach a contract agreement with the Timberwolves next week.

If, as reported, the choices really had come down to Adelman and Don Nelson, than this is a huge win for Minnesota. Actually, it’s a huge win any way you look at it.

Adelman has been to the playoffs 16 of the 20 years he has been a coach in the NBA and had title contenders in Portland and Sacramento. His teams play defense — something the Wolves were wretched at last season — and they run. That is the one thing they need to do with Ricky Rubio coming in, this needs to be a team that gets out in transition. Adelman’s half court “corner” offense uses a lot of the spacing principles of the triangle, so he is a good fit there.

Adelman also comes in with an established good relationship with Kevin Love. That was one of the failings of Kurt Rambis, but Adelman’s son played high school ball with Love and Love used to come over to the Adelman home.

Adelman reportedly wants $5 million a year for five years guaranteed, but if the Wolves are serious about winning that will be the toll.

If this comes together like it appears it will, Kahn will have convinced Rubio to leave Spain and come here despite the lockout, have drafted Derrick Williams No. 2 overall and gotten Adelman, a coach that can mold a lot of good young talent on the Wolves. He never should have let Rambis twist in the wind like he did, but bottom line is the Wolves will be a lot better on the court next season because of what Kahn did this summer. That’s a win.