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Report: Tom Thibodeau, Timberwolves finalizing five-year deal

Tom Thibodeau

These youngbloods are about to get whipped into shape.

According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Wednesday, Tom Thibodeau is finalizing a five-year deal to become the head coach and president of basketball operations of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Marc Stein of ESPN adds that the deal is set to pay Thibodeau in the range of $10 million annually.

The 58-year-old Thibodeau had been connected to the Wolves’ job for several weeks now. Recent reports suggested that Thibodeau was “aggressive” in his pursuit of full control over basketball operations, and it looks like he has gotten his wish.

Thibodeau is a hard-nosed, old-school coach that can come in right from Day One and instill a culture of accountability, defensive intensity and discipline in Minnesota. Given the team’s preposterously talented young nucleus of talent that includes the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine, that kind of atmosphere will be perfect for accelerating their long-term development.

The former Coach of the Year was outstanding in five years with the Chicago Bulls with a record of 255-139 (.647). But his time in the Windy City ended on bad terms, largely due to irreparable tensions with the front office. That won’t be a problem for Thibodeau with the Wolves where he will have final say over all basketball decisions. Wojnarowski also reports that Spurs assistant GM Scott Layden will join the Minnesota front office to take some of the load off Thibodeau’s shoulders.

The Timberwolves finished 29-53 in 2015-16 but in moving from a bottom-five head coach in Sam Mitchell to a top-five head coach in Thibodeau, their arrow is pointed firmly upwards into the stratosphere.

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