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Timberwolves coach Adelman announces retirement

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman announced Monday that he is retiring.

Adelman was 97-133 in his three seasons in Minnesota and the Timberwolves were 40-42 in 2013-14. They last made the playoffs at the end of the 2003-04 season.

"It's time," Adelman said in a statement. "It's just time for me step aside and someone else to come in."

Adelman has an opt-out clause in his contract, and was set to make $6 million next season. Speaking about the job last month, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said the health of Adelman's wife, Mary Kay, would be a major consideration.

"I think that a lot of it has to do with (Adelman's) family and what he thinks is best for his family," Taylor said. "I know he loves coaching, so that's not the issue. I just think he has to determine what's in the best interest for his family right now."

Adelman went 1,042-749 in 23 seasons in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and Timberwolves.

Team president Flip Saunders could move from the front office to the bench, but there is reportedly interest from the franchise in former Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg, who led Iowa State to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in March.

The job could be attractive in that it offers stability with 12 players on the current roster under contract for next season. All-Star forward Kevin Love is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season.

In addition to Hoiberg, Yahoo Sports reported that early candidates include former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy and Michigan State's Tom Izzo.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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