Minnesota Timberwolves announced the dismissal of head coach Ryan Sanders, after another disappointing defeat on Sunday. They are expected to hire Chris Finch as his replacement.
The Wolves have a 7-24 record-the worst in the league- as they are trying to rebuild and make a push for the playoffs. Minnesota started the season with high expectations hoping to sneak in the play-in tournament.
Instead, they were hit by injuries in their star players including Karl-Anthony Towns and now D’Angelo Russell, who missed many games since the start of the season.
Saunders, who took the reins on Minnesota’s sidelines following Tom Thibodeau‘s exit from the franchise in 2018/19, compiled a 43-94 record across parts of three seasons with the team.
According to Shams Charania, the franchise is finalizing a multiyear deal with Toronto’s assistant coach Chris Finch. Finch will be hired as a permanent head coach, not as an interim replacement.
Finch has interviewed for multiple head coaching jobs in recent years, but will be getting an opportunity to run his own NBA team for the first time.
He worked with Wolves’ general manager Gersson Rosas as an assistant coach for the Rockets between 2011 and 2016. He then hired as an associate head coach for Denver, New Orleans and Toronto.