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Adelman should have say in offseason moves

The Sports Xchange
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--The Wolves now transition from their dichotomous season -- promising before Ricky Rubio's season-ending injury, lousy after it -- into a summer that Adelman terms "crucial."

It's also a summer in which he said his voice will be heard clearly on important personnel decisions that must be made.

"I better have some input," said Adelman, part of a management team that includes president of basketball operations David Kahn and owner Glen Taylor. "When I signed on here, it was pretty well understood that between David and Glen and myself, we were going to talk things through and decide what is best and I think that's going to happen. I didn't come here just to say, 'Here, gimme these guys, I'll coach them.' I think I have a pretty good understanding and I have a really experienced staff that has evaluated these guys.

"I think our input and our opinion should weigh a lot because we were with these guys all year and I think we know what it takes to win and what type of players you need."

--Here's all you need to know about the finish to this Timberwolves season: Their most important game in April didn't involve them.

Nope, instead Utah's victory over Phoenix on April 24 guaranteed the Jazz a playoff spot, and thus guaranteed the Wolves Utah's first-round pick in this summer's draft.

That means the Wolves won't be without a first-round pick this year. They already traded theirs away years ago in an ill-fated deal that brought Marko Jaric from the Los Angeles Clippers.

New Orleans now owns that pick as part of December's Chris Paul trade with the Clippers.

The Wolves' pick from Utah will be either the 16th, 17th or 18th in the draft.

The Wolves should thank former teammate Al Jefferson for that pick. Jefferson, traded to Utah in 2010, played big down the season stretch for a Jazz team that won its final four games to reach the playoffs.

Former teammate Kevin Love joked that he should do something for Jefferson to show his gratitude, like send Jefferson a treat for his dog.

"I was happy for him," Love said. "I was happy he has had that succeed and I'm happy we have a pick now in a deep draft."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"Go ahead, people have been blowing by us all night." -- Coach Rick Adelman, gesturing a rushing reporter to enter a postgame media room ahead of him after his team got thumped 131-102 by Denver in the season finale.

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