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The Minnesota Timberwolves made a big move on Wednesday as they finalized a deal to hire Tom Thibodeau as their new head coach and general manager. The T-Wolves who are coming off a 29-53 season in which they showed a lot of promise were eyeing the defensive specialists for months and he recently had a chance to sell himself to team owner Glen Taylor.
The five-year deal will pay the former Bulls head coach around $11 million per year. This team is loaded with young talent and has the ability to make some serious noise in the West, but the only way they’ll be in a position to do that is if they buy into Thibs’ hard-nosed defensive style this coming training camp.
Check out the details of this move below via Yahoo Sports:
Thibodeau emerged as the frontrunner in pursuit of the job in recent days, selling owner Glen Taylor on his vision of sustained success and playoff basketball in Minnesota, league sources said.
Thibodeau has been drawn to the full control of the organization and the chance to coach a talented young core that includes rookie center Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
Jeff Van Gundy was among the finalists for the job.
Thibodeau, 58, had clashes with Chicago management in his successful five-year run with the Bulls and embraced a Minnesota management model based upon Stan Van Gundy’s setup with general manager Jeff Bower in Detroit.
Thibodeau has a strong relationship with Timberwolves legend Kevin Garnett, who has yet to announce he’s playing another season with the team. Garnett has had aspirations of joining the team’s ownership group upon retirement. Thibodeau and Garnett were part of Boston’s 2008 NBA championship team.