by Marcel Mutoni

All told, Kevin McHale’s coaching stint this season has gone about as well as any T-Wolves fan could hope. Not to say that the team isn’t awful — it very much is at 24 games under .500 — but there have been signs of progress, giving fans and players a small glimmer of hope for the future.

That future, however, may not include McHale, who no longer has the option to work in the T-Wolves’ front office.

The Pioneer Press reports:

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor keeps saying he expects Kevin McHale to be back as coach next season, and McHale keeps tap dancing around the subject.

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“I think he’s going to coach,” Taylor said. “I didn’t make him the interim coach. He’s the coach.” McHale’s reaction? “Right now, I’m just trying to be a good coach against Golden State,” he said before the Wolves’ game against the Warriors. “I don’t look too far ahead, man. I just want to try to help these guys. I’m racking my brain trying to figure out what more I can do with this team and how we can play more effectively… I’m just worried about that right now. The rest of that stuff will take care of itself.”

With his record as an exec, it’s hard to imagine another team bringing him into the front-office; should McHale elect not to return to the Wolves’ bench next season, he could be out of the NBA for the first time in close to three decades.