Timberwolves sack head coach Saunders after league-worst record

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(Reuters) - The Minnesota Timberwolves have fired head coach Ryan Saunders after a league-worst record of 7-24 left them at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, the National Basketball Association (NBA) team said late on Sunday.

They made the announcement after Sunday's 103-99 loss to the New York Knicks.

"These are difficult decisions to make, however this change is in the best interest of the organization's short and long-term goals," the Timberwolves said in a statement https://www.nba.com/timberwolves/timberwolves-relieve-ryan-saunders-his-duties, adding that the new head coach would be revealed on Monday.

Saunders, in his third season with the team, had a 43-94 record.

The Timberwolves face the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)