Replacing a coaching legend like Rick Adelman won't be easy, but it sounds like that's the task the Minnesota Timberwolves will face this offseason. Here's ESPN.com's Marc Stein with more information on Adelman's likely departure:
So the next big change with the Wolves, by all accounts, is far more likely to take place on the bench, amid increasing pessimism in the Twin Cities that Rick Adelman -- after trying to coach the last two seasons while nursing wife Mary Kay through a persistent illness -- will want to return for a fourth season in charge.
Adelman nearly walked away last offseason and, according to sources close to the situation, has convinced more than a few folks in team circles that he's going to invoke his right to opt out of the final year of his original four-year contract and step away for good this summer.
Without Adelman and his signature corner offense, the Wolves are in for some big changes no matter who takes over. Because Kevin Love can opt out after next season, getting the right coach inserted and having instant success is going to be what takes precedent.
For the sake of this exercise, we'll leave off some of the bigger names who have been out of the game for a while and may not be coming back soon, like Jeff and Stan Van Gundy and Larry Brown.
While any of those three would be great options (and you can throw in retired coaches like Jerry Sloan as well), let's take a look at five of the most realistic and best candidates to take over as head coach in Minnesota this offseason.