Wolves react to Thibodeau firing, as candidates emerge

Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg

Why would Minnesota fire Thibodeau now, especially after a promising 22-point win over the Lakers at home? He's in charge now, so we're going with him. "These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt necessary to move our organization forward". Flip served as the team's head coach from 1995-2005, then returned as president in May 2013 before stepping into the head coaching role in June 2014.

The Timberwolves fired Tom Thibodeau on Sunday and named Saunders the interim head coach.

Appointed interim coach of Minnesota on Sunday after Tom Thibodeau was sacked halfway through his third season, Saunders ran practice for the first time on Monday before the team took off for a game at Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Taylor has made clear that he expects results this season, but I thought Thibs would get the entire year to show them.

"I think all of this was kind of a critical mass for (Timberwolves owner) Glen Taylor to say, 'Something is just not working here".

"We still have hopes to get into the playoffs and I think with half the season left, let's see if this change will make a difference". "I think (Saunders) is going to be great".

Thibodeau, who was one game short of the exact midpoint of his five-year contract that's worth about $40 million, was frequently booed during introductions at Target Center, where the Wolves are next-to-last in the league with an average of 14,765 tickets distributed per game. "It's just not", Rose said.

Former Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler, who also played for Thibodeau in Chicago, demanded a trade away from the team before the start of the season.

The list includes former New Orleans Pelicans coach and current Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams, former Chicago Bulls coach and Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg, and former Timberwolves guard and current ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups.

The Timberwolves take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Saunders' first game on Tuesday night.

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