The Timberwolves have reportedly fired Tom Thibodeau. (via The Athletic)
Tom Thibodeau, who led Minnesota to the playoffs last season, is fired by the Timberwolves. Could the team be making room for Fred Hoiberg?
When Tom Thibodeau was fired in Chicago, his coaching rep was largely intact. Totally different situation now. Sense Im getting from league execs is that Thibs may be sidelined for a while, or will have to return to the assistant ranks if he wants back in.
Hoiberg, who played his final two NBA seasons with Minnesota, served as the team's assistant GM until returning to his alma mater, Iowa State, to coach in 2010.
Minnesota CEO Ethan Casson, accompanied by general manager Scott Layden, walked into Thibodeau's office and fired him after the victory over the Lakers, league sources told ESPN.
Thibodeau, of course, tried to salvage things with Butler instead of trading him immediately, and Butler ended up playing 10 games with the Wolves early in the season.
The Timberwolves have fired president and coach Tom Thibodeau, reports @wojespn
These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt them necessary to move our organization forward.Thibodeau, a former NBA coach of the year in Chicago, didnt last much longer in Minnesota than his former star player Butler, who was shipped out after less than 18 months.
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced this afternoon that they have relieved Tom Thibodeau of his duties as President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach, effective immediately.
Minnesota has fired Timberwolves President and Coach Tom Thibodeau, per @wojespn.
Ryan Saunders -- longterm assistant coach and son of the late Flip Saunders, who coached the Timberwolves for 11 seasons over two different stints -- will take over as the interim head coach.
The Minnesota Timberwolves season began with a showdown between Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau.
Minnesota also dismissed assistant coach Andy Greer, who had a close association with Thibodeau, sources said.
Thibodeau was surprised by the timing of the dismissal on Sunday, expecting that he might finish the season as coach, sources said.
Sources with @JonKrawczynski: Minnesota has fired coach Tom Thibodeau.
9:24 AM ETAdrian WojnarowskiESPN The Minnesota Timberwolves fired president and coach Tom Thibodeau on Sunday, clearing the way for ownership to revamp the team's basketball operations.
Hell be replaced by 32-year-old assistant Ryan Saunders, the son of former Timberwolves coach and executive Flip Saunders, on an interim basis.Minnesota general manager Scott Layden will run the teams basketball operations.Former Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg, who was fired as Chicagos coach last month, reportedly is a serious candidate for either of the teams roles.
After the Jimmy Butler situation and a disappointing start, it wasnt a surprise that the T-Wolves fired Thibs—but the timing was.
Forty games later, both are gone.The Timberwolves, who traded their All-Star swingman Butler in November, fired Thibodeau as coach and president of basketball operations Sunday after his team routed the short-handed Lakers 108-86.
The fact that the Wolves decided to fire Thibodeau is not all that surprising, as he's been on thin ice in Minnesota for a while.
Reports: The Minnesota Timberwolves have fired Tom Thibodeau. (via The Athletic)