"New captain" Saunders has Wolves' trust in interim role

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"We had just celebrated a good win, so we all went home thinking the day was over". Thibodeau, 60, led the Timberwolves to the playoffs previous year for the first time since 2004, but are just 19-21 on the season, including 5-15 on the road. He's in charge now, so we're going with him. "These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt them necessary to move our organization forward".

Regarded as one the best defensive minds in the National Basketball Association, Thibodeau had no problem landing another coaching gig.

Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves will be playing for interim coach Ryan Saunders presumably for the rest of the season.

New Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders met with every player on the team individually on Monday after he was named the new man in charge of the club, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

Assistant coach Ryan Saunders, son of late beloved Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders, will take over as interim coach.

"After the trade happened, there was little bit of energy and life in the team", Minneapolis Star-Tribune Timberwolves writer Chris Hine said on Ferrall on the Bench. "I think now, (we're) halfway through the season and I don't think we're where we thought we would be or where we think we should be". "I think (Saunders) is going to be great".

"We still have hopes to get into the playoffs and I think with half the season left, let's see if this change will make a difference".

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Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Fred Hoiberg is among the main candidates for the GM and coach position.

Taylor said he was "just looking at the results".

"I am not prioritizing one over the other in respect to the National Basketball Association and college", Hoiberg said.

Minnesota has now parted ways with Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler over the last two months.

Thibodeau was also the head coach of the Bulls from 2011-15, where he compiled a 255-139 record. Thibodeau and Minnesota's front office eventually sent him to the 76ers in mid-November in exchange for a package centered around Robert Covington and Dario Saric.

The Timberwolves take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Saunders' first game on Tuesday night.