With a bevy of coaches on the market this offseason, the Minnesota Timberwolves were in the hunt for one of the big names. After firing coach Sam Mitchell, Minnesota showed a ton of interest in ex-Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who was fired after speculation that he had issues with ownership.
The Associated Press reported that both sides reached a deal on Wednesday for Thibodeau to become coach and president of basketball operations, though the source didn’t give a name because the deal wasn’t officially announced.
Thibodeau’s coaching career started in Minnesota in 1989 where he was an assistant. After bouncing around between the Spurs, 76ers, Knicks, Rockets, and Celtics, Thibs got the helm of the Chicago Bulls in 2010-11. He led that team to a 62-20 record and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals. The next year, his team went 50-16 in the lockout-shortened season. Up until being let go by the Bulls, Thibodeau’s career winning percentage was .647.
Although Minnesota finished at 29-53 this year, their future is super-bright. With a young core of Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, and Shabazz Muhammad, a great chance at a top-5 pick, and an established coach, the Timberwolves are preparing to make a lot of noise in the coming seasons.