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Tom Thibodeau Out as President and Head Coach of the Timberwolves

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Following a win over the Lakers, the Wolves remove Tom Thibodeau

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Well, I did not expect this today:

Scott Layden will continue as general manager and Ryan Saunders will take over as interim head coach.

The timing is quite surprising, with two plus years remaining on his contract, though Glen Taylor’s unhappiness with Thibs was not a secret. Taylor has made clear that he expects results this season, but I thought Thibs would get the entire year to show them.

I guess Taylor did not like the direction things were heading, and decided to make a change now.

Ryan Saunders gets to audition for the Wolves and other teams, though my gut reaction is he is not the guy long term.

I assume they will get through the season as things are currently constituted and look to make an overhaul in the summer.

Which is one of the reasons this is surprising, but perhaps the situation became untenable in ways we are not privy to.

Getting rid of Thibs has been at the forefront for many at Canis Hoopus, and we finally got our wish. Will be interesting to see where things go from here.

Woj:

Much more on this to come.