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The Minnesota Timberwolves will part ways with all but one assistant coach after promoting Ryan Saunders to the full-time position, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
All the assistants being let go have expiring contracts. The list consists of Ed Pinckney, Jerry Sichting, Larry Greer, John Lucas III and Dice Yoshimoto. Along with Saunders, all were assistants under former coach Tom Thibodeau.
Saunders became the interim coach when Thibodeau was fired midway through the season. He had the interim tag removed earlier this week.
Malik Allen, who still has a year left on his contract, is expected to be retained to assist Saunders.
The Timberwolves hired Gersson Rosas as the head of basketball operations a few weeks ago. He has said he wants the coaching staff to split up duties, much like you’d see in the NFL.
“We’re going to get the best offensive coordinator. We’re going to get the best defensive coordinator. We’re going to get the best player development coordinator,” Rosas said. “They’re going to execute our vision together. And Ryan will manage that program as a whole.”