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Updated: March 28th, 2014 3:59pm
Report: Adelman contemplating opting out of final year of contract

Report: Adelman contemplating opting out of final year of contract

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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The rumors about whether or not Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman will choose to retire in the upcoming offseason have started to ramp up.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported on Friday that indications are that Adelman plans to opt out of the final year of his four-year deal. When the Wolves conclude their season on April 16, Adelman has a two-week window in which he can opt out of his contract.

Per Stein's report:

"Adelman nearly walked away last offseason and, according to sources close to the situation, has convinced more than a few folks in team circles that he's going to invoke his right to opt out of the final year of his original four-year contract and step away for good this summer."

Adelman, 67, is in the third year of the $20 million deal he signed back in 2011. He contemplated retirement last season due in part to health issues with his wife, Mary Kay, but ultimately decided to return to the Wolves for what seemingly had the potential to be the year in which Minnesota ended a nine-season playoff drought.

However, the Wolves have hovered around the .500 mark all year and are headed towards another early offseason.

After taking an 11-game leave of absence last season, Adelman has again missed small chunks of time with the team this season to be with his wife, who continues to battle through problems with her health.

Adelman's status, and what it means for the Wolves' future, will certainly be an ongoing storyline in the final weeks of the season and into offseason.

As for who would potentially replace Adelman, Stein brought up a name that has been circled through Twin Cities sports chatter for the last year: Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg.

It remains to be seen if Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders could have enough pull to lure Hoiberg away from his alma mater, where he has brought a struggling program back to nationwide respectability. But if Adelman does choose to walk away, Hoiberg will almost certainly pop up as a possible successor.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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