Kurt Rambis reportedly out as Timberwolves coach; agent denies
After a long, drawn-out drama, it appears the Kurt Rambis era has come to an end with the Minnesota Timberwolves -- although Rambis might not have heard it from his boss yet.
According to Yahoo! Sports, president of basketball operations David Kahn has decided to fire Rambis, but the team is not expected to announce the move until after Thursday night's NBA draft.
Per the report, Kahn has already been scouting replacements. However, Rambis' agent told the Star Tribune the report is "inaccurate" and said his client hasn't been informed of any decision.
"I haven't gotten that information from David, and I just finished talking with him," agent Warren LeGarie told the newspaper.
Kahn met with Rambis for 6 hours between Thursday and Friday last week, and Kahn told reporters on Tuesday he wanted to meet with team owner Glen Taylor before finalizing any decision about Rambis' future.
Rambis has compiled a 32-132 record in two seasons with the Wolves.
There was already speculation that Rambis' job was in jeopardy when the Wolves completed an NBA-worst 17-65 season in early April. But Kahn said he didn't want to make a decision at an emotional time and repeatedly said the process of evaluation was ongoing.
Rambis was the first to break the silence when he held an impromptu meeting with reporters on June 3. He put the pressure on Kahn to make the next move, stating his future was out of his control. In the meantime, he continued to attend the team's slew of pre-draft workouts, although he and Kahn stayed on opposite sides of the gym.
The already-weird dynamic between the two became stranger when Kahn addressed the situation for the first time in two months last Thursday. Kahn had Rambis write a report detailing the 2010-11 season and what needed to be changed heading into next year.
Even after they talked, Kahn waited on finalizing his choice, saying he wanted to speak with Wovles' owner Glen Taylor before any team-altering move was made.
Wednesday's reports come at an inopportune time for the Wolves, who have sparked interest and optimism locally with the recent arrival of Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. The Wolves are also set to make their highest pick in franchise history in Thursday's draft, selecting at No. 2 as well as No. 20.
-- Nate Sandell contributed.