When Minnesota Timberwolves’ team president Flip Saunders announced the retirement of head coach Rick Adelman, he said he would not consult with star power forward Kevin Love, who can become a free agent after next season.
Saunders still likely wants to appease Love to make sure he will stick around and will have a tough decision to make, reports Judd Zulgad of ESPN 1500 in Minnesota.
No matter how the process plays out, Saunders’ hire is going to be an important indication of the direction for an organization that appears to long ago have given up on having any type of mission statement. This franchise has not made the postseason in 10 years. Think about that. You have to work to not make the NHL or NBA playoffs for that many seasons.
Adelman got the Wolves back to being mediocre and the sad thing is that was an accomplishment.
So does Saunders see his next hire as a guy who will build something, and hope that Love sticks around as the key figure, or does he go for an immediate fix and hire a guy like George Karl or Jeff Van Gundy?
Love remains one of the league’s elite players, averaging 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season.