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.