New Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman's son R.J. is expected to assume a front-office role in player personnel matters when the NBA lockout ends, league sources said Friday.
R.J. Adelman served as an assistant coach on his father's staff for four seasons in Houston but now is expected to bring with him some of the same scouting statistical analysis the Rockets have used under General Manager Daryl Morey.
The Rockets in recent years have plucked Aaron Brooks, Carl Landry and Chase Budinger from the depths of the draft and traded for Kevin Martin and Luis Scola using both traditional and analytical scouting.
R.J. likely will replace former assistant general manager Tony Ronzone, who left the team last summer.
His brother, David, will be hired as an assistant on a coaching staff that's also expected to include former Milwaukee and Phoenix head coach Terry Porter, Jack Sikma and T.R. Dunn from Rick Adelman's Houston staff and former Portland assistant and UNLV head coach Bill Bayno.