Timberwolves employ Tom Thibodeau to a reported five-year deal
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the hiring of ex- Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau on Wednesday. Thibodeau will serve as the coach and president of group operations. He will probably be joined by San Antonio Spurs assistant common manager Scott Layden, who will take more than because the Minnesota GM. Twolves agree to terms with Tom Thibodeau as President of Basketball Operations & Head Coach, & Scott Layden as GM.
April 20, 2016According to reports, Thibodeau has agreed to a five-year contract and it appears he is going to be paid rather handsomely:Hearing this figure could go as high as $11M per year.
April 20, 2016Thibodeau and Layden worked together with the New York Knicks in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the former was an assistant coach and the latter ran the front office. This, obviously, would be a bit of a role reversal. Milt Newton, who was the Timberwolves’ basic manager, “could remain on in a position that reports to Thibodeau and Layden if he so chooses,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Jerry Zgoda.While Thibodeau has no front-office experience, it is unsurprising he would be interested in this dual role. He famously clashed with the front office while coaching the Bulls, and this would take that potential problem out of the equation.More from the Wolves:“We are extremely excited to welcome Tom Thibodeau back to the Timberwolves,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “Through this process we quickly identified Tom because the best leader to shape our talented group and help them realize their full potential. Tom’s resume speaks for itself. He is a proven winner, leader and one of the most well-respected NBA (gain 2k16 MT) head coaches more than the last decade. His teams have annually been among the league leaders in defense and we are excited about the approach and mentality he will bring to that side of the ball. The future of the Minnesota Timberwolves has never been brighter and we are very pleased to have Tom as our basketball operations leader moving forward.“Scott Layden brings more than 30 years of experience in the NBA to his new role within our organization, including several years in basketball operations leadership positions with Utah, New York and most recently San Antonio. His decades of front office experience might be integral as we head into an extremely exciting time for our organization. In getting to know Scott, he has impressed me with his not only his basketball acumen, but also his character and integrity. Tom and Scott will work in concert together in shaping our roster moving forward. We are confident this partnership gives us the best chance possible of winning an NBA title.”It is impossible to know whether Thibodeau would make a good executive, but on the coaching front, the Wolves couldn’t possibly do better than this. Thibodeau is known as a defensive genius, and he’s underrated offensively. For a young team that needs to build an identity, he seems like a perfect choice. Thibodeau surely has other options, but no group can offer him the young talent that Minnesota can — Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins are future all-stars, and Thibodeau should be able to help them reach their full potential. Tom Thibodeau is reportedly on the verge of taking over the Wolves.