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Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, waive James Nunnally

Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, waive James Nunnally

Saunders supplants Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton (38), and has turned a career as a former player at the University of Minnesota and assistant with the Washington Wizards and Timberwolves into a surprising head coaching role at such a fresh age.

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

It was a shocking development on Sunday when the Minnesota Timberwolves made a decision to fire head coach and Team President Tom Thibodeau despite a 22-point blowout against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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.

"Assistant coach Ryan Saunders will take over as interim coach for the rest of the season, while Scott Layden will remain Minnesota's general manager".

"I'm hurt because Thibs is not here", Rose said. "If we want to make the playoffs this year, I have to make a move, '" Hine explained.

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

"We've got so much talent on this team", Saunders said. Hoiberg was sacked by Chicago in early December. He ended his stint in Minnesota on a two-game winning streak and with a total 97-107 record.

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

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

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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