UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: The Minnesota Timberwolves have finalized the hiring of Toronto assistant Chris Finch as their new head coach.
The move came hours after the firing of Ryan Saunders. The Timberwolves have the NBA's worst record.
President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas worked with the 51-year-old Finch in Houston.
Finch was an assistant for six seasons there while Rosas was in the front office.
Finch has 24 years of coaching experience, roughly half of that in Europe. He also has been an assistant with Denver and New Orleans.
By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer
(AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves fired coach Ryan Saunders on Sunday night, hours after the team with the NBA's worst record this season lost for the eighth time in the last nine games.
A person with knowledge of the situation said that the Timberwolves were finalizing plans to introduce Toronto assistant Chris Finch as the team's new coach on Monday.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Finch's hiring has not been formally completed.
By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer