Thibodeau, the former Chicago Bulls coach, got his coaching start in Minnesota, as in the 1989-90 season, the team’s inagural season, he was an assistant for then head coach Bill Musselman.
Thibodeau will fill both the coaching and basketball-ops positions that the team announced last week it was opening.
The two sides reportedly agree to a five-year deal in the neighborhood of 40-million-dollars for the span of the pact.
The Wolves owner has also hailed the vast experience of their newly appointed GM Scott Layden.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been searching for their new head coach since the season ended with a 144-109 win over the Pelicans on April 14th.
Thibodeau and Layden were both on staff with the New York Knicks in the late ’90s.
Thibodeau’s contract with Minnesota could be worth around $10 million annually, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein. He has had success in what seems like everywhere he goes, and the collapse of the Bulls since Thibodeau was sacked in 2015 proves that he was doing something right, despite what others thought.
San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Scott Layden will accompany Thibodeau to Minnesota and serve as the Wolves’ general manager and Thibodeau’s right-hand man in the front office. He won National Basketball Association coach of the year during his first season as head coach in 2010-11 but was sacked last May after reported issues with the Bulls brass.
Thibodeau, 58, inherits a team with a bright future and two burgeoning stars in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, as well as a talented young group around them.
“Tom’s résumé speaks for itself”. He is a proven victor, leader and one of the most well-respected National Basketball Association head coaches over the last decade.
The Timberwolves conducted a high-profile search that included interviews with ESPN analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, but Thibodeau seemed to be the first choice to take over for Sam Mitchell.
During his five seasons with the Bulls, Thibodeau won 64.7 percent of his games (255-139) and made the playoffs in each of those five years with the Bulls.
He returns 25 years later as one of the most high-profile coaches in the game, ready to lead a talent-laden young roster out of the abyss.