Adelman to meet with T'wolves

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves have persuaded Rick Adelman to listen to their pitch for the head coaching job after all.

Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Adelman arrived in the Twin Cities on Tuesday to meet with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and president of basketball operations David Kahn.

The two people spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to comment publicly on the search.

The 65-year-old Adelman had a phone conversation with Kahn earlier this summer. The two of them have known each other for years dating back to Kahn's time as columnist at The Oregonian while Adelman was coaching the Portland Trail Blazers.

But Adelman was quoted in The Oregonian as saying that he planned to take next season — if there is a season, of course — off from coaching.

The Timberwolves have also interviewed Terry Porter, Mike Woodson, Don Nelson, Larry Brown and Bernie Bickerstaff for the job, but Adelman has been one of their top targets ever since Kurt Rambis was fired in July.

Adelman is 945-616 in 20 seasons as a head coach of the Trail Blazers, Kings, Warriors and Rockets. He parted ways with the Rockets in April.

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