Rick Adelman intends to be head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves next season.
Adelman said his approach about next season is that he is returning unless he learns something new with regards to his wife Mary Kay’s health, the team announced prior to the team’s game against the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
There were concerns prior to the announcement that Adelman seriously considered retirement, including reports that he almost called it quits during the season. It appears now that he intends to remain as head coach as everything stands now health-wise with his wife.
Minutes for D-Will
Adelman said that with power forward Kevin Love expected back next season, forward Derrick Williams will have to play at small forward if he wants to play more than 15 minutes a game. Williams is currently the starting power forward, filling in for the injured Love.
Even if Williams mastered playing at small forward, it will be interesting to see how many minutes he will play with Andrei Kirilenko expected to return next year on a player option.
While keeping all three would require a lot of work, Adelman said he hopes to keep Kirilenko, center Nikola Pekovic, and forward Chase Budinger as they are crucial to next year’s playoff run.