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Wolves fire Ryan Saunders, immediately hire replacement

The Timberwolves have reportedly agreed with Toronto assistant Chris Finch on a multi-year deal to replace Saunders.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have fired head coach Ryan Saunders and have tabbed Toronto Raptors assistant coach Chris Finch as his replacement.

Saunders had compiled a 43-93 record in just over three seasons as the head coach of the Timberwolves, including a 7-24 record this season.

The move came hours after the Timberwolves' loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday night and immediately came with the news of his replacement. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Timberwolves have agreed with Finch on a multi-year deal to become their next coach. 

The 51-year-old was the NBA D-League's Coach of the Year in 2010 and has won four championships coaching in the British and Belgium Leagues. Finch has also spent time in Houston, Denver and New Orleans before joining the Raptors' staff this season.

As Minnesota will be Finch's first head coaching job in the NBA, it doesn't come without questions. Minnesota assistant coach David Vanterpool has been highly regarded in league circles and several including Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard have questioned why Vanterpool didn't get the chance to replace Saunders.

While Vanterpool has his fans, Finch has developed a reputation for getting the best out of frontcourt players including Nikola Jokic and Zion Williamson.

Finch will now get to work with Karl-Anthony Towns in an effort to turn around a franchise that has one playoff appearance since Kevin Garnett left in the mid-2000s. 

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