Flip served as the team's head coach from 1995-2005, then returned as president in May 2013 before stepping into the head coaching role in June 2014. He's in charge now, so we're going with him.
The Minnesota Timberwolves could have interest in Hoiberg in either a head coaching or general manager capacity.
"We had just celebrated a good win, so we all went home thinking the day was over", Towns told reporters, as Thibodeau's release came after a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. "These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt necessary to move our organization forward". Taylor has made clear that he expects results this season, but I thought Thibs would get the entire year to show them. "I think everyone knows this is special... for a number of reasons". "We just lost against a bunch of teams that we're a better team".
The Wolves are said to be in search for a long-term candidate for the coaching job, and Wojnarowski reports that former Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg and ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups are considered for the vacancy.
Hoiberg was sacked by the Chicago Bulls earlier this season. Thibodeau, 60, led the Timberwolves to the playoffs past year for the first time since 2004, but are just 19-21 on the season, including 5-15 on the road.
Thibodeau took over in Minnesota in April 2016.
Ultimately Butler was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, and only after Taylor stepped in.
Thibodeau was also the head coach of the Bulls from 2011-15, where he compiled a 255-139 record.
The transition won't be easy, especially in the beginning, but that's the National Basketball Association, and the Timberwolves have at least 41 games after Tuesday ahead of them.
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