Wolves react to Thibodeau firing, as candidates emerge

Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg

The Minnesota Timberwolves fired head coach and team president Tom Thibodeau on Sunday, this after less than three years on the job.

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

On June 23, Thibodeau became Bulls' head coach after being an assistant coach for years, notably with Doc Rivers when the Boston Celtics won the championship in 2008.

As for the recent pair of wins, Taylor noted the Wolves were expected to win those games, and that the decision wasn't based on just one performance.

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

"I think all of this was kind of a critical mass for (Timberwolves owner) Glen Taylor to say, 'Something is just not working here". "I'm coaching on the fly at the moment and I'm putting a lot of thoughts to paper now and really trying to organize those things". "I guess Taylor did not like the direction things were heading and decided to make a change now".

The Tom Thibodeau era for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves is over.

Taylor is seriously considering Hoiberg as the next general manager or head coach of the franchise, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. After a contentious battle with star guard Jimmy Butler who demanded a trade, the Timberwolves never recovered from their lack of team chemistry. If Minnesota were to make that run to the playoffs, it would be the first time since the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons that it made the postseason in back-to-back years. 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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