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Minnesota Timberwolves sign coach Chris Finch to multiyear extension

Minnesota Timberwolves sign coach Chris Finch to multiyear extension
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed coach Chris Finch to a multiyear extension, the team announced Monday, the day before the Timberwolves host the LA Clippers in the play-in tournament.

Finch’s coaching staff also received extensions. Terms were not disclosed.

The Timberwolves finished seventh in the West after going 46-36 this season, Finch’s second as coach, marking the seventh-best single-season record in franchise history. The Timberwolves led the NBA in points per game (115.9) for the first time in franchise history. They also led the NBA in 3-pointers made (1,211) and turnovers forced (1,339).

« They came to me. I think that shows the type of energy and commitment in the building. Everything’s going in the right direction here. It’s a fun time to be a part of the Timberwolves, » said Finch, who was hired midway through the 2020-21 season to replace the fired Ryan Saunders.

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Finch has a 62-61 record for the second-best winning percentage (.504) by a head coach in Timberwolves history. The late Flip Saunders (.521) is first.

« They’re not always easy decisions in this business, but this one was a very easy one. Coach has been a terrific partner for me, and the results on the floor are clear, » executive vice president for basketball operations Sachin Gupta said .

The 52-year-old Finch has been an assistant with Toronto, New Orleans, Denver and Houston.

« He’s always communicating, making sure everybody’s straight, » guard Anthony Edwards said. « That’s what you love about him. »

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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