The Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday announced that they have fired head coach Kurt Rambis.
Rambis was named the team's ninth head coach in 2009 and served as head coach for two seasons. The Timberwolves said that the team's President of Basketball Operations David Kahn will address the decision to relieve Rambis at an afternoon press conference at the Target Center.
"I want to thank Kurt for his contributions to our franchise and wish him the best in his future endeavors," Kahn said in a news release. "His arrival signaled we were serious about building a championship-contending ballclub over the course of time. We have accumulated a solid nucleus of young talent with a bright future during the last two years. I am hopeful Kurt receives his share of the credit for helping develop that talent and his contributions are not forgotten as we become a better basketball team."
Kahn said in a statement that "it is always hard to make these decisions," but "this is the right time for us to make a head coaching change now that we've identified our roster and its specific needs."
In his two-season career as the Timberwolves' head coach, Rambis had a record of 32 and 132. He joined the Minnesota team after serving as assistant coach for seven years for the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to a report by the Star Tribune, Rambis had signed a four-year contract with the Timberwolves, and it's currently unclear whether the two sides came to a buyout agreement over the $4 million the team owed Rambis for the two years left on the contract.