In what falls somewhere between a hot rumor and wishful thinking, some Wolves fans have set their sights on Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg -- a former Wolves player and executive -- as a potential replacement if head coach Rick Adelman decides to call it quits after this season.
Hoiberg, who has the Cyclones in the Sweet 16, was asked about that very subject today, and here's what he had to say:
Hoiberg got asked about the (not yet vacant) T-Wolves job today: "I got one focus right now and that’s to go out and prepare this team..."— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) March 25, 2014
Hoiberg cont.: "...to the best of its abilities.Hopefully we’ve got a long road ahead of us here with a couple weeks to go in the season..."— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) March 25, 2014
He didn't say much, which is to be expected. But he also didn't say something to the effect of, "I have no interest in that job." So this at least bears revisiting, we would imagine, once both teams' seasons end.
Hoiberg has a lucrative 10-year, $20-million contract to coach a program he has helped build at his alma mater, in a town where he is referred to as The Mayor. Why would he want to leave?
Well, for starters, he could double his salary and not have to chase around 17-year-old recruits anymore. Also: his buyout for an NBA job is only $500K, as opposed to the $2 million if he takes a different college job.