GM Scott Layden explains decision to replace Tom Thibodeau with Ryan Saunders

GM Scott Layden explains decision to replace Tom Thibodeau with Ryan Saunders

GM Scott Layden explains decision to replace Tom Thibodeau with Ryan Saunders

Minnesota has fired Thibodeau, who was also the team's president of basketball operations, the team announced Sunday.

Saunders is the son of former Timberwolves head coach and President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders; Flip died in October 2015 after a multi-year battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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. Team owner Glen Taylor said: "We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best".

"The things that Scott was responsible for, I thought he had done a good job", Taylor said. Ryan Saunders will be stepping in as coach on an interim basis. "If you look at something as a trial, I think that's when you start putting pressure on yourself or other people that just isn't there".

"The results are that I don't think we should've lost against Phoenix or Detroit or New Orleans or Atlanta", Taylor 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. After some success in Chicago, Thibs was sacked following the 2014-15 season. "I jinxed that badly", Towns said Monday, after the Timberwolves (19-21) gathered for their first practice without Thibodeau's familiar, gravelly voice leading the drills.

Thibodeau was also the head coach of the Bulls from 2011-15, where he compiled a 255-139 record.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says the Timberwolves have interest in Hoiberg as a potential head coach or GM.

Thibodeau entered the season on the hot seat, which is why he was desperately trying to keep Jimmy Butler rather than trade him.

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