You might not realize it, but Kurt Rambis still hasn’t technically been fired. He’s not the coach anymore, but he’s just kind of hanging out and enjoying the fishing up in Minnesota. The trout are really running right now.
Instead, David Kahn is trying to figure out a way to keep him on the payroll so that the Timberwolves aren’t paying a guy who doesn’t work for them, since Rambis is still owed the remaining two years of his contract. As you can imagine, it’s a well thought out plan. From Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:
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.
You know, when a guy doesn’t respect your decision-making and doesn’t like you as a person, it is best to keep that person employed in your front office. It’s the classic “keep your enemies closer” school of thinking, and it’s sure to go over very smoothly with Kurt Rambis.
This is a guy who lost 132 of 164 games in two seasons, then couldn’t get a meeting with David Kahn, then was asked to submit a report of things he would change, then was kinda fired, then was floated the idea of sticking around and helping out. Who wouldn’t want to stay in that situation?
To be fair, Kahn hasn’t actually asked Rambis to accept a reassignment, as the report states that the idea is “more of a concept than a formal offer.” However, that’s probably just because everyone was shocked that it had actually been suggested. One of those things where a guy says something, everyone else gives him a quizzical look and then he plays it off as “just brainstorming.”
You would think that firing a guy who won 32 games in two years would not take this long, or be such a confusing process. But this is the Timberwolves. They never make anything easy.