The Minnesota Timberwolves sacked their coach Ryan Saunders on Sunday night, hours after the worst-ever NBA lost for the eighth time in their last nine games

A person aware of the situation said the Timberwolves are finalizing plans to introduce Toronto assistant Chris Finch as their new coach on Monday The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity since Finch’s hiring has not been officially completed

Saunders, the 34-year-old son of longtime Minnesota coach Flip Saunders, was with the Timberwolves for three seasons and played between 43 and 94. Minnesota has the worst record in the league this season with 7:24 and is already 7-1 / 2 games away from what would be the last slot for the Western Conference postseason

“We would like to thank Ryan for his time and dedication to the Timberwolves organization and wish him all the best for the future,” said Gersson Rosas, President of Timberwolves for Basketball Operations.“These are tough decisions, but this change is in the best interests of the organization’s short and long term goals ”

It’s been an extremely disappointing season for the Timberwolves, who started 2-0 and haven’t had much to enjoy since. Karl-Anthony Towns, the team’s best player, sprained his left wrist in the second game of the season and missed six games He then returned, missing 13 more after being diagnosed with COVID-19

D’Angelo Russell, the other key piece for the Timberwolves, had surgery on his left knee last week and may be out by April

There was no sign that the Timberwolves had stopped playing for Saunders They were down 21 points in the third quarter in New York on Sunday, then took the lead in the final minutes before falling between 103 and 99

Finch has history with Rosas as they both worked with the Houston Rockets. He coached the team’s partner in today’s G League, won a championship with Rio Grande Valley, and then became a Rockets assistant. He had assistant jobs in Denver, New Orleans and was in his first season with the Raptors

Saunders’ sacking marks the first managerial change in the league since the beginning of this season. There have been nine coaches in new jobs this season

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