Thibodeau To Join The Timberwolves

Things may be looking up for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

On Wednesday, April 20th, Tom Thibodeau was signed to the team on a 5 year, $40 million dollar contract to become the coach of the team as well as the president of basketball operations (roughly $8 million per year).  To compare, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs currently makes about $11 million while Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers makes around $10 million. 

An Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Zach Lavine trifecta certainly has the youthful talent needed to build a playoff contender.  Package that with another lottery pick as well as a moderate $72 million dollar team salary heading into free agency, and Minnesota may be bringing it back to the 2004 "glory" days sooner than we think (Kevin Garnett is still on the team, you know).  

This is the first gig for Tom Thibodeau ever since his surprising firing from the Chicago Bulls over a year ago, where he amassed a 255-139 record and even brought home a Coach of the Year trophy in 2010-11.  Pairing Thibodeau's impressive resume with the Wolves' already talented roster, and it's almost certain that Minnesota is building a contender here.

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