Pinckney had turned down other NBA jobs in recent years and also said no to an invite from Comcast SportsNet to be a 76ers TV analyst. He said yes to this one because Minnesota had something no one else did - Randy Foye on its roster.
Pinckney, 44, was entering his fifth season as an assistant to Jay Wright at Villanova, a school he led to the 1985 NCAA championship. He had developed into a top recruiter and a tutor to the Wildcats' big men.
Reportedly, the Timberwolves thought they had a deal with Pinckney last week, but he turned it down. Team president Kevin McHale came up with another offer this week and Pinckney accepted, although final details were being worked out yesterday.