The Minnesota Timberwolves will be looking for a new head coach this offseason after Rick Adelman announced his retirement earlier today. According to reports coming out of Minnesota, the Wolves have their sights set on former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy as a potential replacement. This is certainly an intriguing rumor that is flying around, and if it did happen would likely end up being a good move for the team.
Rick Adelman retiring, and Timberwolves reportedly have eyes for Stan Van Gundy. Suns assistant Jerry Sichting another name to really watch.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) April 21, 2014
Van Gundy would be a perfect pickup for the current makeup of the Timberwolves’ team, and would be able to change up the culture of the team as well. He makes a lot of sense as he has had a few years off from coaching, but still has the veteran experience that the players in Minnesota are used to. There are other candidates involved in the coaching search, but Van Gundy is viewed as the best fit mentioned earlier.
Other names that have been mentioned so far in the search are Billy Donovan, Fred Hoiberg, and even Suns assistant coach Jerry Sichting is also a possibility. There have been reports recently that Hoiberg is no longer expected to be pursued, but those reports haven’t been confirmed yet. Either way, all of those names on the list would be quality replacements for Adelman.
Overall, it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see Minnesota hire Van Gundy as their next head coach. They’re going to bring him in for an interview at some point this offseason, and his personality is the type that likely will get him hired. That being said, Billy Donovan would be an excellent fit with the Wolves as well.