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Report: Timberwolves to retain Scott Layden, Ryan Saunders

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Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Ryan Saunders gestures before an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Wednesday night, Dec. 5, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves have made yet another change, this time firing basketball boss Tom Thibodeau right before the midpoint of the season and giving 32-year-old Ryan Saunders a 42-game audition as the interim coach.(Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)


It looks like the Minnesota Timberwolves are getting some stability in their future.

The team has been without a full-time general manager or head coach since the team fired Tom Thibodeau in January. Scott Layden and Ryan Saunders have filled in as interim general manager and coach, respectively. According to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves will make both men permanent fixtures of their basketball operations staff.

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That was the story earlier on Tuesday night. But as we got deeper into the evening, a second report surfaced saying the Wolves weren’t quite done with their search just yet.

Minnesota is 16-24 since firing Thibodeau, who was overwhelmed with his role as both the head of the front office and the head coach. It’s not been a winning combination in the NBA recently, although both Thibodeau and Stan Van Gundy have tried to mimic the success of Gregg Popovich in San Antonio.

If Layden and Saunders stay around they will have lots of work to do moving forward, particularly as the roster remains in flux and guys like Andrew Wiggins and Gorgi Dieng have not lived up to their contracts.

It’s a new era in Minnesota and hopefully they will be able to build off of the young, talented core that they have as they move away from Thibodeau and the stink of Jimmy Butler.