HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — And you thought the Minnesota Timberwolves’ muddled coaching situation/search/firing couldn’t get any crazier.
Well it has.
The latest twist, per the crew at Yahoo! Sports, is truly one for the HT record book. Rather than firing Kurt Rambis after two seasons, Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears are reporting that Timberwolves general manager David Kahn recently floated the idea of reassigning Rambis to the front office:
Still unable to simply fire a coach he’s determined is done with the Minnesota Timberwolves, general manager David Kahn recently proposed that Kurt Rambis accept a reassignment within the franchise’s front office, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday.
The prospects of Rambis serving out the remaining two years and $4 million on his coaching deal so closely with Kahn in the front office holds little, if any, appeal to Rambis, sources said. Rambis has little respect for Kahn’s basketball acumen, and perhaps even less of a personal affinity for him.
The two barely spoke over the final months of the regular season, and haven’t communicated much well into the offseason. Rambis has felt mistreated throughout the ongoing saga surrounding his future with the T’wolves, and prefers a finality to this endless public spectacle.
Kahn had believed that Rambis’ contract allowed for a reassignment, sources said, although those familiar with the agreement believe that notion would’ve been legally contested. There’s been no communication between management and Rambis for several days, sources said, and the coach remains in a strange sort of limbo: He knows he’s done as coach, but he’s still collecting his check as management actively searches for his replacement.
After initially raising the idea of a reassignment, sources said, Kahn has been less aggressive in its pursuit. With the idea more of a concept than a formal offer, Rambis hasn’t needed to officially reject the proposition. Inside and outside the organization, Kahn’s handling of Rambis’ inevitable dismissal is considered downright confounding.
This stuff would be funny if it wasn’t so ridiculous.
Whatever decision finally comes down on Rambis, and at this point we are prepared to wait until Labor Day if we have to, it won’t be the proper end to this circus.
That needed to come roughly two months ago or at least on the day after the Draft. Dragging Rambis and his staff through this saga for the remainder of the summer, though, is beyond cruel.
It’s time to let Rambis go, one way or another. It’s the right thing to do. And we’ll be more than happy to listen to whatever explanation is given for why this situation had to play out the way it has.
But it’s time to free Rambis from this foolishness.