LOS ANGELES — With the clock ticking down until Wednesday's deadline, Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman weighed in before Friday's game against the Clippers at Staples Center on All-Star forward Kevin Love's quest for a rich contract extension.
Believe it or not, he's all for getting it done.
"From a coaching standpoint, it's really important," he said. "He's crucial to us. I'm hoping that something is going to happen for his sake. He came out with a great start this season and, hopefully, they're going to come to some resolution. I don't know what would happen if it didn't come to fruition. That's something that we'd have to deal with at that time."
If Wednesday's deadline passes and Love isn't signed to a four- or five-year deal expected to be worth $15 million a year or more, the issue will hang over the franchise until next summer, when he will become a restricted free agent able to negotiate with any NBA team. The Wolves would have the right to match any offer, however.
"I'm hoping that between Glen and David and Kevin and his agent, they come to some resolution," Adelman said, referring to team owner Glen Taylor and president of basketball operations David Kahn. "It certainly would help him, which would help us."
When Adelman accepted the job last September, he did so with the assumption -- or perhaps understanding -- that he would be coaching Love for the duration of his four-year contract.Barea out again
Guard J.J. Barea did not accompany the team on this quick two-game trip to Los Angeles and Utah because he felt discomfort in his healing sprained ankle after playing 14 minutes Wednesday against Detroit. Adelman still started point guards Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour together and again brought Wayne Ellington off the bench when either of them needed rest.
"We thought it'd be best to rest him right now," Adelman said about giving Barea the weekend off.Welcome home
Wolves rookie Derrick Williams came home to play his first NBA game in Los Angeles and as many as 150 friends and family came from nearby La Mirada, Calif. At least he's a smart rookie: He only paid for tickets for six from that crowd.
"It's pretty crazy," he said. "Three years ago, I was playing in a high school jersey and now I'm here, playing against one of the best teams in the West. I finally made it here."Tenacious 'D'
The Wolves entered Friday's game ranked fourth in the NBA in fourth-quarter, field-goal-percentage defense.
After holding Detroit to 5-for-16 shooting Wednesday, the Wolves were holding opponents to 39.9 percent shooting in fourth quarters. They were ranked eighth in fourth-quarter scoring defense (22.5 points).
A year ago, they finished last among 30 teams in both categories: 46.9 percent shooting by opponents and 26.1 points allowed.Etc.
• Former Timberwolves Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes started for the Clippers. Foye replaced All-Star guard Chris Paul, who missed his fourth game because of a strained hamstring. Gomes replaced Caron Butler (hyperextended knee).
• The Clippers' other former Wolves player, Chauncey Billups, passed Peja Stojakovic for fourth in career three-pointers. He trails Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Jason Kidd.
• Rubio is tied with Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins for the league lead in offensive fouls drawn this season and is tied for second in charges drawn with eight.