The Minnesota Timberwolves have come to terms with Tom Thibodeau announced Wednesday that he will be their new head coach and president of basketball operations.
After being off the grid from coaching an NBA team for one year, Thibodeau has finally agreed to a five-year contract, although details of the deal has yet to be announced, but sources told Sports Illustrated that it will be worth $10 million annually.
Adrian Wojnarowski posted on Twitter that both Thibodeau and the Timberwolves management were in serious talks Wednesday while ESPN’s Mac Stein managed to scoop the worth of the 58-year old New Britain, Connecticut native. After which Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor issued a statement announcing that they have hire Thibodeau for the job.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Tom Thibodeau back to the Timberwolves. Through this process we quickly identified Tom as the best leader to shape our talented team and help them realize their full potential. Tom’s resume speaks for itself. He is a proven winner, leader and one of the well-respected NBA head coaches over 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,” Taylor said.
Thibodeau was one of the front runners being considered by the Timberwolves to be their bench tactician alongside Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy. Thibodeau will be joined by San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Scott Layden, who will be the team’s general manager.
With the Timberwolves landing Thibodeau, they hope he could lure in a talented cast that could help bounce back the team to a title-contender. The Los Angeles Lakers surely missed the great opportunity of getting Thibodeau to their organization as they are still contemplating of whether or not to stick it out with Byron Scott.
It’s ironic that Thibodeau, over the years, have made great relationship with NBA players and with the free agency just around the market it would come into play as they would try to lure in top free agents with the likes of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and LeBron James.
Thibodeau will also have the chance to develop further a talented cast of young players already in the Timberwolves lineup such as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. There is also a possibility of a reunion between Thibodeau and Kevin Garnett, who brought a championship to the Boston Celtics in the 2008 season.
The future is looking bright for the Timberwolves with Thibodeau leading the front office and the bench as well. Now is down to business in rebuilding the team and to live with the expectations built around it today.
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