While Rick Adelman’s future appears dependent on the results of a medical consultation for his wife Mary Kay that is expected sometime soon, his return may not be as Minnesota Timberwolves head coach.
There has been discussion about Adelman taking over David Kahn’s duty as president of basketball operations and hiring the next coach, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
Here is Doogie’s scoop:
If true, Adelman’s good friend, Elston Turner, would be considered the front-runner. Turner, a long-time assistant, is a coaching free agent after parting ways with the Suns in January. Someone close to Turner said he’d run the same offensive and defensive sets as Adelman. In other words, it would be an easy transition.
A potential Adelman ascension would also allow him to keep his sons, R.J. and David, on the payroll. R.J. works in the front office, recently scouting the Portsmouth Draft Invitational. David is a player development coach.
Rick Adelman has his 1,000 career wins and has never been a full-fledged general manager, so the thought is said to be appealing.
A decision on Kahn’s future is expected before the Chicago Pre-Draft Camp, which starts on May 15.
If the situation comes to fruition and Turner takes over as head coach, having Turner run the same offense as Adelman is huge because the players on the team seem to fully embrace the offensive and defensive sets Adelman installs. Chase Budinger recently went on record in saying that he would be more likely to return if Adelman returned.
Kahn is under contract for one more year, so he would be let go or re-assigned to a different position.