Jan 12, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman watches from the sideline during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Zero percent chance Rick Adelman returns to Minnesota Timberwolves

In a move that has surprised no one who watched the Timberwolves over the last few seasons, Rick Adelman will be stepping down as head coach of the team in the near future. According to Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune, there is a ‘zero percent chance’ that Adelman is back with the team in 2014-15 and an announcement is expected shortly to confirm.

Per Hartman:

There is no chance — zero — of Rick Adelman returning as Timberwolves head coach next season, according to one of the team’s decision-makers. Look for an announcement to that effect soon.

Adelman has had to take numerous leaves of absence from the team to care for his ailing wife, who has been suffering from debilitating seizures ever since he was hired by Minnesota. The parting between the Wolves and Adelman isn’t bitter in the least, as owner Glenn Taylor commended Adelman’s dedication to the team but applauded his devotion to his wife.

The next question is who will replace Adelmen when he officially steps down. Fred Hoiberg is highly coveted, despite the fact he is rumored to not be interested in the job. There is also hope from Wolves fans that Tom Izzo from Michigan State can be lured and there’s always the dark horse candidate of former Wolves coach and current team president Flip Saunders getting back on the bench.

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