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Minnesota Timberwolves Fire Head Coach Ryan Saunders; Hire Chris Finch

Minnesota Timberwolves fire head coach Ryan Saunders; hire Chris Finch

After losing 103-99 to the New York Knicks on Sunday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves fired head coach Ryan Saunders.

Saunders became the Timberwolves interim head coach in January of 2019 and signed a multi-year deal in May 2019 to become the teams official head coach. This season, the Timberwolves currently sit in last place in the entire NBA with a record of 7-24. In his tenure in Minnesota, Saunders went 43-94 overall.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania later reported that the Timberwolves would be signing Toronto Raptors assistant coach Chris Finch to a multiyear deal.

 

Finch interviewed for the coaching job in Minnesota when Gersson Rosas was named President of Basketball Operations in 2019. Rosas and Finch had worked together for the Houston Rockets from 2011-2013.

It is very uncommon for a team to replace their head coach in the middle of the season. For that reason, it seems this move has been in the works for awhile in Minnesota. Finch can now take the remainder of this season to develop their young core of Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and this year’s No. 1 overall pick Anthony Edwards.

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