"New captain" Saunders has Wolves' trust in interim role

While the timing of the decision is confusing given Minnesota just won a lopsided 108-86 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers earlier in the day, it has been a long time coming.

"We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best", Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement.

According to The Athletic, the Minnesota Timberwolves have fired Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Tom Thibodeau. Monty Williams and Chauncey Billups have also been reportedly discussed. "I don't know if you can classify anybody as necessarily a "Thibs guy" or 'Chicago guy.' Everybody has been in this organization to try and help this organization become better, and that's everyone's main focus". For the time being, assistant coach Ryan Saunders will take over for Thibodeau on an interim basis. "If we want to make the playoffs this year, I have to make a move, '" Hine explained.

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

The Timberwolves then lost at home to Detroit and Atlanta and on the road against New Orleans, which played without Anthony Davis.

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"We've got so much talent on this team". Thibodeau, 60, led the Timberwolves to the playoffs past year for the first time since 2004, but are just 19-21 on the season, including 5-15 on the road.

Hoiberg has been mentioned as a candidate for UCLA's head coaching vacancy.

Nothing highlighted this divide more Thibodeau's handling of forward Jimmy Butler's trade request.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says the Timberwolves have interest in Hoiberg as a potential head coach or GM. Thibodeau and Minnesota's front office eventually sent him to the 76ers in mid-November in exchange for a package centered around Robert Covington and Dario Saric.

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