T'wolves owner Glen Taylor downplays Fred Hoiberg speculation after coaching change

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Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor discussed his team’s coaching situation in a scheduled visit to Des Moines on Wednesday.
Danny Lawhon, dlawhon@dmreg.com

DES MOINES, Iowa — Glen Taylor certainly wishes Fred Hoiberg well.

But the Minnesota Timberwolves owner isn’t directly pining for his former player and assistant general manager to be leading the Twin Cities charge in the NBA.

Not now, anyway.

Three days after firing coach Tom Thibodeau following a blowout victory, Taylor reiterated his support for interim coach Ryan Saunders in a scheduled interview with reporters in Des Moines on Wednesday.

“We’ve hired Ryan to be the interim coach, and we’re going to give him the opportunity,” Taylor said.

Taylor, general manager Scott Layden and other top executives were in central Iowa for an annual visit to the club’s G-League team, the Iowa Wolves.

“My goal would be that Ryan would be successful. That would be the ideal thing for us,” Taylor said.

The ideal thing, yes. The likely thing? That’s to be deciphered over the…

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