Wolves react to Thibodeau firing, as candidates emerge

Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg

Report: T-Wolves considering Hoiberg for GM or head coach

He's in charge now, so we're going with him.

Just right after an impressive blowout win over a LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers, the Minnesota Timberwolves front office has announced that it has fired Tim Thibodeau, the team's head coach and president of basketball operations. "These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt necessary to move our organization forward". He also ignored another offer from the Houston Rockets that reportedly included four first round draft picks.

Assistant coach Ryan Saunders, son of late beloved Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders, will take over as interim coach.

"I'm hurt because Thibs is not here", Rose said. "I think everyone knows this is special... for a number of reasons".

The Timberwolves then lost at home to Detroit and Atlanta and on the road against New Orleans, which played without Anthony Davis. "Maybe one of those games".

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

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Former Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is a "serious" candidate to replace Thibodeau in Minnesota, according to ESPN.

Hoiberg was sacked as coach of the Bulls on December 3 following a 5-19 start to the season.

Thibodeau took over in Minnesota in April 2016.

Hoiberg has been a rumored target for UCLA's head-coaching job. It's already been a whirlwind of a season thanks to Sunday's firing of Thibodeau and the Jimmy Butler trade on November 12.

Ultimately Butler was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, and only after Taylor stepped in.

The Timberwolves will face the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

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