The Scoops: Could Rick Adelman wind up replacing David Kahn?
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Minnesota Timberwolves president of operations David Kahn conducted exit interviews with his players prior to Monday's home game. But that doesn't ensure that he'll be doing the same following next season.
According to league sources, one scenario being discussed has coach Rick Adelman taking over Kahn's duties and hiring the next coach. If true, Adelman's good friend, Elston Turner, would be considered the front-runner. Turner, a long-time assistant, is a coaching free agent after parting ways with the Suns in January. Someone close to Turner said he'd run the same offensive and defensive sets as Adelman. In other words, it would be an easy transition.
A potential Adelman ascension would also allow him to keep his sons, R.J. and David, on the payroll. R.J. works in the front office, recently scouting the Portsmouth Draft Invitational. David is a player development coach.
Rick Adelman has his 1,000 career wins and has never been a full-fledged general manager, so the thought is said to be appealing.
A decision on Kahn's future is expected before the Chicago Pre-Draft Camp, which starts on May 15.
• Wolves forward Andrei Kirilenko has until the end of June to exercise a $10 million 2013-2014 option. But look for a decision to come much sooner, according to a league source.
• Wolves owner Glen Taylor is in New York this week for league meetings as a member of the finance and relocation committees. He'll have a big say in whether the Sacramento Kings relocate to Seattle.
• A league source when asked who stood out in Portsmouth, which is comprised of mostly second rounders or undrafted free agents: Temple's Khalif Wyatt, La Salle's Ramon Galloway, and Tennessee State's Robert Covington.
• Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino will fly commercial to watch juniors Apple Valley's Tyus Jones and DeLaSalle's Reid Travis, amongst others, at a Nike AAU event in suburban Anaheim this weekend. Jones and Travis are teammates for the first time, playing for the 17U Howard Pulley Panthers. Assistant coach Ben Johnson will be at a Nike AAU event in the Chicago area to see Grand Rapids sophomore Alex Illikainen, and others.
• Travis on Pitino: "I haven't talked to anyone who knows basketball like he (Pitino) did. ... I could see he cared about me." Keep in mind that Travis also sat down with Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Marquette's Buzz Williams, and Gonzaga's Mark Few in the last week.
• Auburn associate head coach Ryan Miller is still one name bandied about to fill the last spot on Pitino's staff. The two have spoken at least once since Pitino took over.
• New Gophers assistant coach Ben Johnson: "Growing up in this state and around Gophers basketball, then playing here, you always kind of wish you could come back in some capacity. Now to be back with a new staff and a coach I believe in, it's a dream come true. I'm real excited." Johnson will find a place to live soon, but in the meantime is living at his parents house.
• The Gophers will have a new strength and conditioning coach. Steve Felde has been relieved of his duties.
• Jones got a visit from the whole Duke staff last Thursday, including head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
• Lakeville North junior guard J.P. Macura has so far only talked on the phone with Pitino. He picked up a scholarship offer this week from Dayton. The Gophers have not made an offer.
• A Nebraska assistant coach was at Chanhassen high school on Thursday, as they recruit junior offensive lineman Frank Ragnow. Gophers head coach Jerry Kill and Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen were also in recently. Ragnow only has three official offers, although that will change in the near future: Minnesota, Florida State, and South Florida.
• The Twins recently lost scout Hector Otero to Dan Lozano's agency. Otero had a big hand in the selections of infielder Eddie Rosario and pitcher J.O. Berrios in the last few years.
• Twins VP of player personnel Mike Radcliff on Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, who's under consideration with the No. 4 pick in June's draft: "He's a talented young man. He has a chance to be a major league pitcher and obviously that's something we have great interest in. Definitely a guy we're looking at." Could you take another high school outfielder with that pick? "We subscribe to the theory that we'll take the best guy," Radcliff said. "Is it our preferred scenario? No."
• The Twins recently had to have scouts watch Red Wing high school outfielder Ryan Boldt taking batting practice inside the hockey arena. He's projected to be a first round pick.
• Free agent slugger Jim Thome, who's been training off-and-on at Fischer Sports in Phoenix, is still holding out hope that he'll be offered a major league contract by a team.
• Locally, the Masters on CBS peaked at a 19.9 rating with men 25-54. For some comparison, the Bulls-Heat NBA game peaked at a 1.7 and the Blackhawks-Blues NHL game hit a high point of 2.5.
• For what it's worth, the agent of an available cornerback (decent player) said he was told the Vikings will wait to see what they get in the draft before going the free agent route.