There has been some chatter out of the Twin Cities about whether or not Rick Adelman will return next season as the Timberwolves’ head coach. Adelman is still under contract and the team would love to have him back, but the health concerns surrounding his wife have caused many to think he may not return and opt to spend more time with his wife. However, Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com is reporting that the Timberwolves’ GM Flip Saunders fully expects Adelman to return as the team’s head coach next season:
“We’ve talked every day, every other day,” Saunders said during a break at the adidas Eurocamp. “He talks about his staff, he talks about players. We were talking the other day about offenses that I ran, offenses that he ran. Talking just the basketball talk. The talks that we’ve had leads me to believe that he’s going to be back.
“My assumption is just like when I coached. No one really asked me if I was coming back or not. You’re under contract. You’re part of expectations…. And if something changes, then we’ll change as it does. That’s part of what the NBA is all about. Adapting to changes. But I believe he’s going to be back. Mary Kay has made some progress, so that’s the positive. I hope he’s back because I know if he’s back that means that she’s making good progress and getting back on good health. That’s what all our hopes are for.”
The Timberwolves are coming off of a pretty disappointing season. The signings of Brandon Roy, Andrei Kirilenko, and Chase Budinger were supposed to be the perfect additions to go with Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love. Sadly for them, the whole season pretty much exploded by mid-January due to injuries to Roy, Budinger, Love, and Kirilenko along with Adelman taking an absence of leave to be with his wife. Bringing back Adelman will certainly help the team gain a sense of stability as well as confidence in having one of the better coaches in the NBA.
–Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord