Tom Thibodeau Rumors
Jason Terry could be receiving a special present for his birthday later this week. Terry, who turns 40 on Friday, could be receiving an NBA contract for the upcoming season. It’s no secret the Milwaukee Bucks would like to retain Terry’s services, but they are likely draw competition for his services from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves, one of the NBA’s up-and-coming teams, have expressed more than a passing interest in Terry and that’s indicative of them bringing the veteran guard to Minneapolis for a workout and meeting with team officials, including Tom Thibodeau, the Timberwolves president of basketball operations and head coach. Sources said Terry arrived in Minneapolis on Sunday and is expected to be there for two days.
September is a few days away and the Wolves still have four roster spots to fill. A few of those could be filled shortly. In a radio appearance Monday with Chad Hartman on WCCO-830 AM, Thibodeau said something “absolutely” should happen within the next two weeks. Minnesota is pressed up against the salary cap and only has minimum salaries to offer. Thibideau said the Timberwolves have “some offers” out to players who are assessing their options. He said there are players available who have played roles, and even started, in the NBA.
New Timberwolves’ signing Jamal Crawford made a public plea on Twitter for Muhammad to return. “He’s one of the players we are talking to,” Thibodeau told Dan Barreiro on KFXN-100.3 on Monday. “Bazz has a great relationship with a number of players on the team. I know they would like to have him back. He’s got to make a decision shortly.”
Rivers’ losing his front office duties isn’t so much an indictment of his individual fitness for the duties, but the fact that it is suited for no one coach in this modern era. For everyone trying to replicate the San Antonio dynasty, understand this: The Spurs have the greatest coach (Gregg Popovich) and greatest executive (RC Buford) of a generation. As much as it’s the ultimate model, it’s the ultimate aberration too. Popovich defers to Buford’s expertise and judgment, in ways that Minnesota president and coach Tom Thibodeau will likely never do with a GM.