Rick Adelman says Wolves 'cannot be non-aggressive this summer'
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MINNEAPOLIS -- With the regular season now officially over, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman turns his attention to a summer that will be crucial to the franchise's development.
Adelman does admit the last few weeks have been "very, very difficult" but appears motivated to finish the job he started in hopes of adding one more successful rebuilding job to an already Hall of Fame resume that has him 29 wins from 1,000 career regular season victories.
"I think there is a job to do here and right now that is my only thought process is try to prepare for the summer," he said. "I don't want to go through that April again. I don't want to do that again. It is too hard. We have a better group than that."
Adelman said he will bounce between Portland to see his young grandkids, Los Angeles to see his young players and Minnesota to work alongside president of basketball operations David Kahn and the rest of the staff preparing for the June NBA Draft.
"It is going to be a really big summer and we cannot be non-aggressive this summer. We have to strike and see who we can add to this group," he said.
The Wolves backed into the No. 18 pick in the first round of the NBA Draft thanks to the Utah Jazz making the playoffs. Adelman said he will have input on who the Wolves take at that pick as well as all other offseason wheeling and dealing.
"I better have some input," he said. "When I signed on here it was pretty well understood that between (David Kahn), (owner) Glen (Taylor) and myself we were going to talk things through and see what is best and I think that is what is going to happen. ...
"I didn't come here to say, 'Hey give me these guys and I'll coach them.' I have a pretty good understanding and an experienced staff and I think our input and our opinion should weigh a lot. We have been around these guys all year and we know what it takes to win."
Adelman will also be in Los Angeles to see a big contingent of the young roster that he says needs to take a big step forward if the Wolves are going to be a playoff team next year.
Adelman didn't confirm which players would be working out in L.A. but did mention Derrick Williams, Wesley Johnson and Malcolm Lee would be among those working out five days a week with assistant coach Bill Bayno.
Adelman will also spend time in Las Vegas with that same group of young players in July when they compete in the NBA Summer League, which has been reinstated after getting canceled last season because of the NBA lockout.