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Adelman's contract has a mutual option included for the final season, meaning either side can opt out of the deal. Adelman will turn 68 in June and the contract calls for a decision to be made no later than two weeks after the season ends. Adelman and Wolves president Flip Saunders have said they will sit down to discuss things after the season is over. Adelman did help bring a team that had won just 17 games the season before he took over back to respectability. A win in the finale on Wednesday night against Utah would mean the Wolves (40-41) would finish with a non-losing record for the first time since 2004-05. Columbian

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There is also another textbook candidate out there for Minnesota to chase with longstanding Wolves ties: Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg. Widely regarded as the most NBA-ready college coach in the game, Hoiberg was a Wolves executive for four years before leaving the pros to coach the Cyclones. ESPN.com

It should be noted that Saunders is close with Michigan State's Tom Izzo as well, but the rumbles out of 'Sota are getting louder that the Wolves are going to court Hoiberg hard should they, as expected, have an opening. ESPN.com

And all of that makes Friday one of the more pertinent days left on the 2013-14 calendar for long-suffering Wolves fans. That's because Hoiberg will be coaching Iowa State against UConn in a Sweet 16 game at Madison Square Garden ... and because Saunders will be there watching. ESPN.com

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Flip Saunders: Rumors of Love telling me he's opting out & wants 2 b traded r false. Last convo I had w/ him was him telling me how bad my sports coat was. Twitter

Vecsey, responding to a number of tweets he received discussing the validity of his intial report, replied, "Flip knows I know." All of this came on a night in which Love put up an astounding 42 points and 16 rebounds in the Wolves' 104-91 takedown of the Eastern Conference's top team, the Indiana Pacers. It was not only an impressive win, but also a desperately needed one as the Wolves (26-28) attempt to find some way to make a late playoff run. 1500 ESPN

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In the end, it will fall on Timberwolves president Flip Saunders to pull the trigger on a Love deal or wait him out and hope he's able to turn the franchise's fortunes around in time to persuade him to stay. Minnesota has yet to make the playoffs in Love's five seasons and is likely headed to the lottery again this year. According to a person familiar with Saunders' strategy, he has indicated there is "no way" he will trade Love by Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline. CBSSports.com

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Saunders said there is a reluctance to deal around the league because of the perception that this year’s draft class is strong. Buzz has centered on possible top picks being Kansas’ Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, Duke’s Jabari Parker, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Dante Exum of Australia. “Either everyone wants to keep their picks or if you want to trade players, people are trying to get your pick and people aren’t as apt to do something like that — not only this year, but next year, too,” Saunders said. “I think it might be a good draft the next couple of years.” St. Paul Pioneer Press

“When you look, I think a lot of time teams make trades to satisfy fans, to make them look like they are really trying to do something to make their team better. And I think sometimes teams make trades to make it look to their owners like they are working. “If you want to make a trade to make yourself significantly better right now, then those have to be blockbuster-type trades,” Saunders continued, “and I don’t think there are a lot of teams that are leaning toward doing something like that.” St. Paul Pioneer Press

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