Tom Thibodeau Rumors
Timberwolves President of Basketball Operation and Head Coach Tom Thibodeau: “We are deeply saddened by the news of John’s passing. He was an all-time great, Hall of Fame NBA coach. He had a very profound impact on the NBA, coaching and the overall game by winning six league championships, including four NBA Championships in five years with the Minneapolis Lakers. All of the members of the Timberwolves and NBA family are mourning his loss and we would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Kundla family.”
Wiggins is eligible to sign one of two five-year maximum “designated” extensions the Wolves are allowed by the league’s new labor agreement for players on their rookie contracts. The Wolves have until October to complete a negotiation that shouldn’t take all that much negotiating if Wiggins accepts a contract that’s expected to approach $150 million. “We’re working on it right now,” Wolves coach/president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau said Wednesday.
But Tom Thibodeau, the Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations, said Minnesota will only look to sign three more players to traditional deals, leaving Minnesota’s 15th roster spot open. “We’ll look at three more,” Thibodeau said on the Sports Huddle on WCCO-830 AM on Sunday. “We’ll keep one (spot) probably open to keep an eye on guys the rest of the summer and in season. We like to have the flexibility with that 15th spot.”
“Ricky did a good job here; we’re happy for him,” Thibodeau told reporters in a conference call during his first public comments since the NBA’s free-agent moratorium ended Thursday. “We wish him well. He made a number of contributions to our team, our organization and community and we certainly appreciate that. For us where we are now, we have to get out of this hole and we felt we had an opportunity to improve our team, and that’s why we did what we did. “It’s the tough part of this job. You always have to put the team first, and so that’s what we did. When we had an opportunity to get a guy like Jeff Teague, that’s what we wanted to do.”