Tom Thibodeau is finalizing a five-year deal to become president of basketball operations and head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources told The Vertical.
San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Scott Layden is working on a deal to join Thibodeau as general manager as well according to the report.
Thibodeau, 58, had clashes with Chicago management in his successful five-year run with the Bulls and embraced a Minnesota management model based upon Stan Van Gundy’s setup with general manager Jeff Bower in Detroit.
Thibodeau has a strong relationship with Timberwolves’ legend Kevin Garnett, who plans to play another season with the team. Garnett has had aspirations of joining the team’s ownership group upon retirement. Thibodeau and Garnett were part of Boston’s 2008 NBA championship team.
Layden has previously been the general manager for the Utah Jazz and New York Knicks.
Thibodeau emerged as the frontrunner in pursuit of the job in recent days, selling owner Glen Taylor on success and playoff basketball. A roster that includes Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio and Karl-Anthony Towns was a selling point as well.
Jeff Van Gundy was among the finalists for the job.