The Minnesota Timberwolves could have interest in Hoiberg in either a head coaching or general manager capacity.
Thibodeau took over in Minnesota in April 2016. The turmoil began when disgruntled All-Star Jimmy Butler demanded a trade from the team, ultimately criticizing his teammates' lack of effort and urgency to win.
Ryan Saunders will serve as the Timberwolves' interim head coach moving forward, while Scott Layden is the team's general manager.
Hoiberg has been a rumored target for UCLA's head-coaching job.
The list includes former New Orleans Pelicans coach and current Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams, former Chicago Bulls coach and Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg, and former Timberwolves guard and current ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups.
Saunders said he hasn't given any thought to changing the starting lineup or rotations or even adding an assistant, instead focusing exclusively on making a smooth transition to head coach and making his players' lives easier. After finishing in the.500 mark in his first two seasons, the Bulls changed course to a youth movement, putting Hoiberg on crossroads between winning and tanking. Most other acknowledged National Basketball Association coaches who took on the role during their roaring 20s were all former player-coaches like Debusschere.
How would the Thibodeau ouster affect the Wolves? When Butler returned to the Timberwolves after holding out in the preseason he orchestrated one of the most infamous practices the league has witnessed, and seemingly did so with Thibodeau's blessing. With a 19-21 record, they are two games behind the 8 spot in the stacked Western Conference.
With Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins locked up on long-term contract extensions, Saunders has a young core in place that he can possibly relate better to than Thibodeau's attempt at the Timberbulls ever could.