Bad news travels fast: Rick Adelman will not return as Minnesota Timberwolves coach, a source told the Minneapolis Star Tribune a day after the NBA season ended.

Now attention turns to possible successors, and the newspaper mentioned two college coaches: Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg. Also mentioned: Flip Saunders, an NBA coaching veteran who is the team's president of basketball operations.

Adelman is expected to retire, at age 67 and with his wife having serious health problems. If he does, his final game would be a 136-130 loss to the Utah Jazz , a game decided in double overtime. The Jazz ended 25-57.

One of the most respected coaches of his generation, Adelman said he was disappointed after a lackluster performance that in no way resembled the precise, sophisticated game he was been known for over a quarter century.

"I really thought we were going to win this game," he said. "I thought we'd come out and play a lot harder, with more energy, and it didn't happen."

The Timberwolves finished 40-42, missing a chance to finish with their first non-losing record since 2005.

With the season's end, the team and Adelman will weigh options to opt out of their contract. Adelman, Saunders and owner Glen Taylor are expected to meet soon to discuss plans, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"There's that clause in there, but it's going to be done way before that," Adelman told the Pioneer Press. "We'll talk, hopefully if not (Thursday), Friday."

Adelman is one of eight NBA coaches with at least 1,000 career victories. He is 1,042-749, a .582 win percentage.

Doc Rivers, Gregg Popovich and Tom Thibodeau are among coaches who view Adelman as a mentor.

"Every coach in this league has taken some of his concepts," Thibodeau, coach of the Chicago Bulls, told the Pioneer Press.

Popovich coaches the San Antonio Spurs, which ended the season with the NBA's best record. "I've stolen from him, very honestly," Popovich said.

Adelman coached the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden Sta

te Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets in addition to the T'wolves. His Trail Blazers made the NBA finals in 1990 and 1992.  and went to the playoffs 16 times in his first 18 years.

Adelman was 97-133 in three seasons, each one an improvement, with the T'wolves.

Contributing: Associated Press