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The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the hiring of ex-Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau on Wednesday. Thibodeau will serve as the coach and president of team operations. He will be joined by San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Scott Layden, who will take over as the Minnesota GM.

Thibodeau and Layden worked together with the New York Knicks in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the former was an assistant coach and the latter ran the front office. This, obviously, would be a bit of a role reversal. Milt Newton, who was the Timberwolves' general manager, "could remain on in a position that reports to Thibodeau and Layden if he so chooses," according to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

 

While Thibodeau has no front-office experience, it is unsurprising he would be interested in this dual role. He famously clashed with the front office while coaching the Bulls, and this would take that potential problem out of the equation.

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