Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg

Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg

What's surprising is the timing of the move.

"I definitely did not expect to be standing here", said Saunders after paying his respects to Thibodeau, who made him his assistant.

The Tom Thibodeau era for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves is over. "I guess Taylor did not like the direction things were heading and decided to make a change now".

Scott Layden will remain the general manager overseeing the basketball operations and assistant coach Ryan Saunders will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. I think he's prepared a long time for this moment. However, Thibodeau was a driving force in bringing the Timberwolves back the playoffs after a 13-year dry spell.

The Timberwolves have reportedly fired coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau, the team announced Sunday.

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And Saunders, the son of the late Timberwolves coaching legend Flip Saunders, will be the leader players look to make that run happen.

Thibodeau entered the season on the hot seat, which is why he was desperately trying to keep Jimmy Butler rather than trade him. "And I think in looking over the staff, we thought Ryan was the most qualified person to take over and probably would have the brightest future with us".

Hoiberg - whose name has come up in relation to the UCLA coaching search - told Zach Lowe of ESPN what he wants to do is coach, not work in a front office again.

Taylor said he "would assume" it was Saunders' goal to earn the full-time position.

"The results are that I don't think we should've lost against Phoenix or Detroit or New Orleans or Atlanta", Taylor said. "I would hope that we could get a string of wins together here and get ourselves into contention for the playoffs".

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