He said he didn’t want the franchise faced with Adelman’s four-year contract expiring after next season just about the same time Love can opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.
“If anything, I felt if I coached another year and then his future comes up and my future is gone, that makes it even harder,” Adelman said. “It’s best for the organization to have somebody else coaching the team. Give them a year to see what they can do and hear that voice. I think that’s a much more positive situation for the organization. I feel strongly about that. I know Flip will find the right guy to work out one way or the other.”
When asked if he will offer recommendations for his successor, Adelman said, “No, that’s not my job.”
Adelman’s contract, signed in September 2011, allows for him to stay on the team’s payroll next season as a consultant, an as-yet-undefined role that Saunders said will include asking for his opinions on the team’s and the league’s players.
“Anyone that has the knowledge Rick has, we’re going to utilize him, no question, as much as we can,” Saunders said, “and still give him the freedom he wants.”
The contracts for Adelman assistant coaches Terry Porter, Jack Sikma and T.R. Dunn all expire after this season, and each has been given permission to talk with other teams about jobs, Saunders said. Adelman’s sons R.J. and David have a season remaining on their contracts and will remain with the team next season.
Adelman said he talked with Taylor weeks ago about the team and told his owner he was leaning toward retiring after the season ended. He said both men agreed to wait until season’s end — the Wolves also had the option to end the contract — to make such a decision.
Both Love and Rubio posted Instagram photos Monday that showed Adelman with his arm around each player.
“It has been a pleasure to play for you my first 3 years in NBA,” Rubio wrote. “What an incredible career. #legend #HallofFamer”
At age 67, Adelman said it’s time to spend more time with his family, to have Christmas at home in Portland, Ore., with his children and grandchildren and to live a more normal life.
“There’s a sadness because it’s something you’ve spent your life doing,” said Adelman, who accepted his first NBA coaching job in 1983 and was promoted to head coach for the first time in 1989. “It becomes your life, your family’s life. There’s some sadness, but there’s also a relief. I’m ready and my wife’s ready to move on to another phase. We’re looking forward to that …
“It’s going to be good. Flip just told me that I look a lot better. You don’t stress out about it.”
Adelman acknowledged his wife Mary Kay’s seizures — which caused him to miss games the past two seasons — contributed some to his decision.
“We’re doing fine right now,” he said, “and we want to keep it that way.”