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Adelman has a long history with Love, which may have played a role in accepting a position with a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004.

Love played on the same Oregon high school team as Adelman’s son, and the two got to know each other while Adelman attended the games. The versatile forward is one of the league’s best rebounders who also has 3-point range and seems to be an ideal fit for Adelman’s offense.

The Timberwolves also have an intriguing, if unproven, young cast around Love, including Williams, Wes Johnson and Michael Beasley. One of Adelman’s biggest tasks will be to help Rubio, the fifth overall pick in 2009, acclimate himself to the NBA game.

Rubio decided to spend the previous two years playing in Spain rather than exercise an enormous buyout to play in the NBA right away, and his progression seems to have slowed. Now he will learn the game from one of the league’s top offensive minds.

The Timberwolves will also need to add a veteran or two to help Adelman show the young pups how to be professionals, but locking down a replacement for Rambis was the first step.

Adelman twice came to the Twin Cities in August to meet with Wolves brass and he knows Kahn from the days when the executive was an NBA writer for The Oregonian and Adelman coached the Blazers.

Ultimately, Taylor had to make the decision to pay Adelman what he wanted while also having to pay Rambis the final two years and $4 million left on his contract.


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