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Wolves turn to Ryan Saunders to help lead franchise modernization

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reorganized again. They are turning to Ryan Saunders, who will be the youngest head coach in the NBA. New president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas liked Sanders as a cutting-edge, player-friendly leader. It is part of a plan to modernize the organization.

AP source: Timberwolves hire Rockets exec Gersson Rosas

A person with knowledge of the process tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have decided to hire Houston Rockets executive Gersson Rosas as president of basketball operations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce the hire of Rosas, who has been a finalist for the top job with several other NBA teams. Rosas replaces Tom Thibodeau, who was fired at midseason from his dual role as president and coach.

NBA Capsules: Timberwolves fire coach Tom Thibodeau after routing Lakers

Andrew Wiggins scored 25 of his 28 points in the first half, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves take charge from the opening tipoff and breeze by the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers for a 108-86 victory on Sunday at Minneapolis, the last game for coach Tom Thibodeau.

Timberwolves fire coach, president Tom Thibodeau

The Minnesota Timberwolves fired head coach Tom Thibodeau on Sunday, halfway into his third season with the team that began with the turmoil surrounding the eventual trade of All-Star Jimmy Butler. Thibodeau was dismissed about an hour after the 108-86 victory over the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers.

NBA Capsules: Karl-Anthony Towns scores 34 points, leads Timberwolves past Heat 113-104

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 34 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, leading six Minnesota players in double figures as the Timberwolves defeated the Miami Heat 113-104 on Sunday night, at Miami. Towns added seven assists and six blocked shots for the Timberwolves. The only other player in NBA history to have that many points, rebounds, assists and blocks in the same game was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, for the Los Angeles Lakers against Phoenix on Nov. 14, 1975. Abdul-Jabbar had 35 points, 19 rebounds, nine assists and eight blocks in that game.

It’s done: Jimmy Butler trade to Philadelphia completed

All-Star forward Jimmy Butler is now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, after they and the Minnesota Timberwolves received approval from the league office Monday on the terms of the trade that was agreed to over the weekend.

AP Source: Jimmy Butler going to 76ers from Minnesota

Jimmy Butler is headed to Philadelphia, ending the weeks-long saga of him wanting out of Minnesota. A person with knowledge of the situation says Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to the Timberwolves. The trade will give Philadelphia a star trio, with Butler joining Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Butler told the Timberwolves in September he wanted to be traded, and it took weeks for the team to find a deal it would accept. The first order of business will be making the trade official, something that could come in time to get Butler in uniform for a game at Miami on Monday. – Associated Press

Jimmy Butler to join Wolves in opener at San Antonio, despite asking out

Just like last season, Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves traveled to San Antonio for their opener. After all the disruption caused by Butler’s trade request that became public a week before training camp began, no deal has been made. So the four-time All-Star will be on the court with his Timberwolves teammates when they take on the Spurs.

AP Source: Karl-Anthony Towns getting $190 million extension from Wolves

A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns is getting a $190 million extension from the Wolves. The deal comes as the Timberwolves are working to resolve the future of Jimmy Butler, who wants to be traded. Towns’ extension is of the “super-max” variety, a five-year deal.