GM Scott Layden explains decision to replace Tom Thibodeau with Ryan Saunders

GM Scott Layden explains decision to replace Tom Thibodeau with Ryan Saunders

In an official statement, owner, Glen Taylor said, "We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him the best".

Within the last few hours the Timberwolves have fired Thibodeau, who was both the head coach and team president.

Minnesota is now 11th in the West and only two games away from the eighth seed after a 22-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers, who now hold that spot. "These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt necessary to move our organization forward".

Current ESPN analyst and former five-time All-Star point guard Chauncey Billups has also been discussed internally as a candidate for both positions, sources told Wojnarowski. For the time being, assistant coach Ryan Saunders will take over for Thibodeau on an interim basis. "I think everyone knows this is special... for a number of reasons".

"I'm hurt because Thibs is not here".

Taylor said he was "just looking at the results".

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"We've got so much talent on this team".

ESPN later reported the firing of Thibodeau as well as interest in former member of the Wolves Fred Hoiberg for the opening.

The Tom Thibodeau era for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves is over. Hoiberg was most recently the coach of the Chicago Bulls, but was sacked from his post in December.

Minnesota has now parted ways with Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler over the last two months. Minnesota then tried to fix the problem by shipping Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for young, excellent players in Dario Saric and Robert Covington.

Hoiberg had an average coaching record of 115-155 across four years in the helm of the Bulls.

The transition won't be easy, especially in the beginning, but that's the National Basketball Association, and the Timberwolves have at least 41 games after Tuesday ahead of them.

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