The firing of Thibodeau officially marks the end of the Head Coach/ President of Basketball Operations era in the NBA. Doc Rivers and Stan Van Gundy were the last two coaches to hold these positions. To give coaches the duties of the president along with their daily coaching duties was always a bad idea. There no way a coach can do both jobs effectively. The head coach needs to have their focus totally on coaching the team, and the daily responsibilities that go along with coaching a team. Also, a coach in this position tends to make personnel moves that are not beneficial to the team long term.
The saga in Minnesota between All-NBA, NBA-Allstar Jimmy Butler, and the Timberwolves organization finally came to a head. According to the Athletic’s Sam Amick and Shams Charania, after a meeting with his coach Tom Thibideou Jimmy Butler is demanding a trade out of Minnesota. The list of his desired locations includes the Clippers, Knicks, and the Nets.