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GM Scott Layden explains decision to replace Tom Thibodeau with Ryan Saunders

GM Scott Layden explains decision to replace Tom Thibodeau with Ryan Saunders”

So when Thibodeau was sacked by Minnesota, it wasn't a surprise Hoiberg's name came up quickly, what was unexpected was to see him linked to a possible front office/GM role. "If we want to make the playoffs this year, I have to make a move, '" Hine explained.

"You really don't get much sleep, getting thrown into this thing", Saunders said Tuesday morning, January 8, at the Timberwolves' shootaround.

It was Thibodeau's decision to trade a chunk of that young talent for Jimmy Butler, the disgruntled star who all but forced his way out of Minnesota early this season and was traded to Philadelphia. Everyone believes in him, respects him, trusts him. "We'll see how it plays out over the next three months here, but he's the guy - and if he does well enough, he will be the guy going forward".

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Further, Layden claims the observation of new newly-promoted Ryan Saunders happened over the years, as he progressed through the ranks and emerged as a legitimate candidate to take over the helm.

Ryan Saunders had served as an assistant in Minnesota since 2014. "It's the overall lack of winning on the road and then losing to, lately, some teams at home that we should've won". Saunders is the son of former Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. "We've got a good group of people that make things a lot easier... I don't know if you can classify anybody as necessarily a "Thibs guy" or 'Chicago guy.' Everybody has been in this organization to try and help this organization become better, and that's everyone's main focus".

The transition won't be easy, especially in the beginning, but that's the National Basketball Association, and the Timberwolves have at least 41 games after Tuesday ahead of them. "It's been insane", Jones said.

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