Former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is expected to make his return to the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to ESPN sources. Reporter Marc Stein broke the news, alleging Thibodeau will sign a five-year agreement worth in the range of $10 million annually to serve as both coach and president of basketball operations.
In addition to Thibodeau joining the franchise, Yahoo! Sports reports that San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Scott Layden will assume the role of General Manager.
The signing would conclude a rigorous recruitment drive to fill the role of Sam Mitchell, who was not retained after serving a season as interim coach following the passing of Flip Saunders. Thibodeau has reportedly been selected over former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson and ESPN personality Jeff Van Gundy.
The agreement would mark Thibodeau’s first coaching role since the Chicago Bulls were bundled out of the 2015 NBA Playoffs . During his Chicago tenure, Thibodeau led his team to 62 victories in his first season and to the Eastern Conference finals. The 2011 Coach of the Year, Thibodeau was dismissed after five consecutive winning seasons. Prior to the Bulls, Thibodeau served as an assistant on the championship winning 2008 Boston Celtics and in coaching roles for Houston, New York, Philadelphia and Minnesota, where he got his NBA coaching stat in 1989.
In joining the Timberwolves, Thibodeau acquires one of the NBA’s most talented emerging roster. He will be coaching rookie sensation Karl Anthony-Towns as well as young talent including Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Tyus Jones.