The Minnesota Timberwolves have dismissed team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau, the team announced Sunday interim coach for the remainder of the season, while Scott Layden is general manager of Minnesota stays.
The move took place just hours after the emphatic victory of the Wolves between 1
Layden and Minnesota boss Ethan Casson went into Thibodeu's office and fired him after defeating the Lakers, sources from the league told ESPN. Thibodeau was surprised at the timing and had no idea that his departure was imminent, according to sources.
Former Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is seriously considering Minnesota's owner Glen Taylor becoming either General Manager or Head Coach in the future. Sources from the league told ESPN.
Thibodeau ends his tenure as Timberwolves coach with a record of 97 to 107. His overall win is linked to Rick Adelman for the second-highest in team history.
"We want to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him well," said Taylor. "These decisions are never easy to make, but we thought they were necessary to move our organization forward." The start of Thibodeau's third season was hampered by the departure of Jimmy Butler, who forced the Philadelphia 76ers to trade in November. As the deal wore on, sources told ESPN that Thibodeau had decided that his team could no longer work with the four-time All-Star.
Minnesota has gone since trading 15-12 after opening 4-9 season with Butler
Lately, the Timberwolves have played short-handed, with two of their top-4 scorers, Robert Covington ( right knee bone contusion) and Derrick Rose (sprained right ankle), are still injured.
Hoiberg, fired as a Bulls coach in December, previously served as Assistant GM for Minnesota before becoming head coach in 2010 in the US state of Iowa.
At the time, Minnesota basketball president David Kahn said he was about to become president of an NBA team because of his broad range of skills and ability to connect with people.
Hoiberg spent the last two seasons of his Minnesota career from 2003 to 2005.
The 46 The old Hoiberg, of which a source said he was also a candidate to become a coach at UCLA, joined Thibodeau in 2015 as a Bulls coach.