The Minnesota Timberwolves fired the team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau, the team announced on Sunday evening.
Assistant coach Ryan Saunders will take the interim coach for the rest of the season, while Scott Layden will remain the general manager of Minnesota.
The transfer came just hours after the victory of the Wolves' 108-86 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers improved their record to 19-21, including 14 -6 at home. The 11th in Western Conference standings.
Layden and Minnesota CEO Ethan Casson entered the Thibodeau office and fired at him after victory over the Lakers, ESPN's league sources said. Thibodeau was surprised at times and had no idea that his dismissal was approaching, according to sources.
Chicago Bulls former coach Fred Hoiberg is serious in considering Minnesota owner Glen Taylor to be either the general manager or head coach in the future, ESPN's league sources say.
Thibodeau finishes his tenure as Timberwolves coach with 97-107 record. The rest of his win is tied to Rick Adelman for the second-most in team history.
"We want to thank Tom for his efforts and ask him all the best," Taylor said in a statement. "These decisions are not easy to do, but we felt they needed to move our organization forward."
The start of the third season of Thibodeau in favor was complicated by the departure of Jimmy Butler, which forced trade in the Philadelphia 76ers in November. When the trade came, ESPN sources said Thibodeau was determined that his team could no longer take on All-Star four hours.
Minnesota lost 15-12 from trade, after season 4-9 opening to Butler
Finally, Timberwolves played two, with two of their top four scorers, Robert Covington (right knee knee) and Derrick Rose (right ankle), still injured.
Hoiberg, who had been fired as Bulls coach in December, previously worked as a GM assistant for Minnesota before becoming head coach in Iowa State in 2010.
At that time, the current Minnesota basketball president David Kahn, Hoiberg said "on the track to become president of an NBA team because of his wide range of skills and ability to connect with people."
Hoiberg also spent the last two seasons of his career playing in Minnesota from 2003 to 2005.
46 -Year-old Hoiberg, who said the origin was also a candidate to become UCLA coach, succeeded in Thibodeau as Bulls coach in 2015.