Timberwolves, Lynx go through round of layoffs

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx announced today that they will be going through a round of layoffs in their front office because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Wolves have joined the ranks of teams with layoffs and salary reductions during COVID-19. In all, 18 staffers laid off across Wolves, Lynx, Iowa and Gaming. Thoughts are with some great people. pic.twitter.com/b4ElOvYmkz

— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) June 18, 2020

The lay-offs affect 18 employees within the front offices of the Wolves, Lynx, Iowa Wolves and Wolves gaming. Employees making more than $70,000 per year will also be forced to take a temporary tiered pay cut. 

Two of the known layoffs come in the team's digital content department and one in the public relations department.

We had a good run.Today was my last day with the Timberwolves & Lynx. I’ll forever have such great memories, and in a sense, I grew up with the organization. I wish nothing but the best for my friends who became family.To the next opportunity.

— Kyle Ratke (@Kyle_Ratke) June 18, 2020

I will no longer be a Wolves & Lynx employee come July 1.I have many people to thank for this experience, but none more than @Kyle_Ratke — the most selfless, spirited, kind-hearted, talented person I've ever worked for.Losing Kyle is thee greatest Wolves loss of all time.

— Katie Davidson (@ByKatieDavidson) June 18, 2020

After 12+ years with the Timberwolves and Lynx, today was my last day with the organization. I will forever cherish the memories and relationships I’ve created over the years. Looking forward to what’s next!

— Aaron Seehusen (@Aaron_Seehusen) June 18, 2020

The move from the Minnesota basketball teams follows the Minnesota Wild announcing on Wednesday that they are furloughing some front-office employees. The Twins, Vikings and United have no furloughed or laid off any employees to date.