Rick Adelman will officially return to the Minnesota Timberwolves next season

Rick Adelman will return for his third season at the helm for Minnesota.

After last season, in which Minnesota watched key contributor after key contributor go down with serious injury after serious injury, it would be understandable — if unexpected — if Rick Adelman decided to hang up his coaching clipboard.

But according to Star Tribune reporter Sid Hartman, Wolves owner Glen Taylor confirmed that Adelman will once again glower at his team on the sidelines this season.

There never has been much doubt about Rick Adelman returning as Timberwolves coach, but it wasn’t for sure until he brought his coaching staff out to his home in Portland, Ore., last week and laid out the plans for this season.

Wolves owner Glen Taylor confirmed Adelman’s return Sunday. “Yes, he did [say he’s coming back],” Taylor said.

Adelman’s return, while not a surprise, was somewhat in doubt. After two disappointing season (due to injury, to be sure, but disappointing nonetheless) combined with his wife’s health problems last year, retiring — at the very least — had to be on the radar for him.

That said, it’s hard to imagine that he would pass on the opportunity to coach Minnesota’s much-improved roster, with talented 3-point shooting being added in Kevin Martin and returning in Chase Budinger, as well as the newly long-term inked Nikola Pekovic. The offensive potential for this team is extremely high, and Adelman is known as a coach who can bring out the best in his offenses. There is a lot for him here, and he is certainly smart enough to realize that.

Adelman is an extremely talented coach, and it seemed unlikely (and unfitting) that he would leave the NBA after a losing season. How the Wolves perform this year, and how the injured ranks hold up, may determine whether or not he sticks around for a fourth season, but it’s definitely good news hearing that he plans to return for 2013-14. Be sure to visit NBABettingPredictions for all your betting desires.

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