by Ryne Nelson

In the midst of for possibly the worst season in Timberwolves history, Kevin McHale has been recirculated to the sidelines. Former head coach Randy Whittman, as you’ve intuited, was shown his pink slip.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has more:

The Timberwolves fired head coach Randy Wittman this morning and replaced him with Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale, but the big news out of Target Center is that McHale will relinquish his front-office duties to concentrate on coaching.

A press conference is scheduled for this afternoon. We’ll have to wait to hear why Glen Taylor can’t seem to point the finger at McHale for the team’s sustained failure.

Who will take over for McHale as team VP though? Hoiberg is the most likely replacement. The two were of different philosophies in the past (he was in favor of Mayo over Love),so we’ll see where this leads.

It’s still possible that McHale returns to the front office at the end of the season, but this move gives hope for real change in Minnesota.