HoopsHype Fred Hoiberg rumors

April 21, 2014 Updates
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Two college coaches mentioned as candidates to replace Adelman, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg, aren’t likely to take the job because of their popularity and security at their respective schools. The Wolves could be a playoff contender next season with the personnel additions they made this year, but Izzo or Hoiberg probably won’t move unless offered a fantastic contract with big money. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

April 12, 2014 Updates

The Timberwolves have targeted their former assistant GM, Fred Hoiberg, to succeed the outgoing Rick Adelman as their head coach. That's an inspired choice, but Hoiberg, who coaches Iowa State, is said to be reluctant to take the job, knowing that Kevin Love is probably going to leave via free agency after next season. New York Daily News

April 11, 2014 Updates

Fred Hoiberg is getting a raise. The Iowa State men’s basketball coach agreed to new terms with the school this week that will raise his annual compensation through the life of his contract to $2.6 million, the school announced Friday. “I’d love to end my career here,” Hoiberg said in a phone interview with the Ames Tribune. “I’ve got something special in Ames. My kids get to see their grandparents every day if they want to and that’s stuff you can’t replace. To look up in the crowd (during games) and there’s my parents, my in-laws, my brother, my sister-in-law, my other brother drives over from Omaha a lot, just to have that family support, you can’t replace that. “I’m very happy here. My kids love it. I’d love to spend the rest of my career here.” Ames Tribune

March 28, 2014 Updates

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

March 27, 2014 Updates

Jamie Pollard and Steven Leath are aware the NBA is a Hoiberg coaching possibility. That's why there's a clause in his contract that says if he accepts a head coaching or general manager position in the NBA before his contract expires in 2023, he owes Iowa State $500,000. His buyout increases to $2 million if he accepts another Division I head coaching position. His non-incentive salary increases by $100,000 each year of the contract. Des Moines Register

Pollard and Leath are aware the NBA is a Hoiberg coaching possibility. That's why there's a clause in his contract that says if he accepts a head coaching or general manager position in the NBA before his contract expires in 2023, he owes Iowa State $500,000. His buyout increases to $2 million if he accepts another Division I head coaching position. His non-incentive salary increases by $100,000 each year of the contract. Daily World

March 20, 2014 Updates

Fred Hoiberg’s future as an NBA coach rests with him — and him only — says a former NBA player and executive. “I’ve talked to a lot of people in the NBA. The minute he says he’s interested, he’ll have some offers,” said Steve Kerr, part of the television crew calling this weekend’s NCAA Tournament for TNT. Hoiberg has acknowledged that he had head coaching inquiries from NBA franchises that he would not identify. He said he hasn’t let it extend beyond the inquiry stage. Des Moines Register

February 10, 2014 Updates

Matt Dery: The name that NBA people tell me to watch for ANY HC vacancy is Fred Hoiberg. Watch for him. #Pistons hopefully talk to him this spring. Twitter @dery1051

July 19, 2013 Updates

Newest Timberwolf Ronny Turiaf on Thursday officially signed with his seventh different team in nine NBA seasons, but he can’t help but think how his life has come full circle now. “I remember eight years ago and you guys had somebody named Fred Hoiberg,” Turiaf said Thursday evening in a teleconference call with reporters. “He was almost like a father figure to me, somebody who helped me through the worst time of my life.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

In 2005, Hoiberg was a veteran guard on a Wolves team that had reached the Western Conference finals the year before and Turiaf was a rookie out of Gonzaga with the L.A. Lakers. Hoiberg underwent surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm the same day Turiaf was drafted. A month later, Turiaf needed a surgery very similar to Hoiberg’s. It is a coincidence that will forever bind the two men after Hoiberg watched a pre-surgery interview Turiaf did, saw how scared the young man looked, and reached out to him. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Eight years later, they remain friends and together helped guide Washington’s Etan Thomas through his heart surgery two years after theirs. “Every time I had a question, every time he had a question, we were there for moral support,” Turiaf said. “Of course, we still talk. It is not a one-way ticket for heart surgery, it is a lifetime bond we have. For me, that shows basketball is a game that transcends generations, that transcends colors. To have somebody like Fred Hoiberg and myself become partners in this crazy ordeal, it’s a wonderful thing for me.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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