Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman almost resigned this season, return next season in doubt


Dec 18, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman looks on during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Timberwolves head coach missed several games and practices this season when his wife became seriously ill with unexplainable seizures.

If Adelman’s wife continues having trouble with seizures, Minnesota could be forced to look for a new head coach next season.

Adelman, who is in the second year of a five-year contract for a reported $6 million a year, almost resigned this season when his wife became ill, according to Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune.

"If Adelman’s wife continues having trouble with seizures, I don’t believe it is a certainty that he will continue to coach, despite the high salary."

Former Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders is a strong candidate to replace David Kahn as president of basketball operations for the team before the 2013-14 season. If Adelman leaves, Saunders could serve in a role as both coach and general manager.

"So I wouldn’t be surprised to see a real shakeup in the Wolves organization if they don’t have a very strong finish. That could include Saunders coaching as well as being general manager if Adelman leaves. Saunders would hire a top personnel executive to help him if he decided to coach."