Karl-Anthony Towns Shocked By Tom Thibodeau Firing

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"I'm excited to see what he'll do, because he's a very enthusiastic coach and he's a very good communicator", said general manager Scott Layden, who was hired by Thibodeau, also the president of basketball operations, and faces an uncertain future with the club. "These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt necessary to move our organization forward".

"After the trade happened, there was little bit of energy and life in the team", Minneapolis Star-Tribune Timberwolves writer Chris Hine said on Ferrall on the Bench. Why would Minnesota fire Thibodeau now, especially after a promising 22-point win over the Lakers at home? We're riding with him, and that's as simple as I can put it.

Saunders is the son of former Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. "I think (Saunders) is going to be great".

Taylor said he was "just looking at the results".

Rose said he was shocked and hurt by the dismissal, but also insisted the change wouldn't hinder his resurgence.

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Fred Hoiberg is among the main candidates for the GM and coach position. Hoiberg was sacked by Chicago in early December.

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

Minnesota has now parted ways with Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler over the last two months.

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

Hoiberg had an average coaching record of 115-155 across four years in the helm of the Bulls.

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