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Tom Thibodeau to Join Timberwolves as Head Coach, Senior Executive

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that Minnesota has chosen the man to lead them through the Karl-Anthony Towns era.

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Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical and Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Minnesota Timberwolves are finalizing an agreement with Tom Thibodeau to become their next head coach and president of basketball operations. San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Scott Layden will reportedly join the Timberwolves as general manager.

Thibodeau served as an assistant coach in Minnesota from 1989-1991, the beginning of a two decade career in that capacity. He became head coach of the Chicago Bulls in 2010, amassing a 255-139 record over five seasons. He won the NBA Coach of the Year award in the 2010-11 season.

During his tenure with the Bulls Thibodeau became known for defensive excellence and playing his main players long minutes. The latter tendency became a source of tension with Bulls fans and reportedly management. He'll take over a team featuring Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, the first overall picks from the 2014 and 2015 NBA Draft.

The Timberwolves compiled a 29-53 record this season under head coach Sam Mitchell. Thibodeau's contract reportedly runs for five years.