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Minnesota Timberwolves make sweeping changes as nine staff members depart

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Tom Thibodeau's reign with the Minnesota Timberwolves is underway and the new president of basketball operations and head coach has wasted no time in stamping his mark on the franchise. 

Ahead of the 2016 Draft on June 23, Thibodeau has been making alterations to the front office, coaching and basketball support staff, relieving nine people of their duties. 

The two most notable dismissals were that of general manager Milt Newton, who took the lead following the death of Flip Saunders from Hodgkin's lymphoma prior to the 2015/16 campaign, and sports science man Arnie Kander, who was drafted in by Saunders to address issues on player fitness. 

Rob Babcock, the vice president of basketball operations was also let go, as were assistant coach Sidney Lowe and scouts Milt Barnes and Jason Hervey.

Koichi Sato, the director of sports performance in Minnesota, manager of team travel/facilities coordinator Bill Hohenecker and Brice Long, head of the video department and manager of basketball technology were the others to be let go.

Sweeping changes were expected upon the arrival of Thibodeau and new general manager Scott Layden, and it comes as no surprise to see so many people depart the Target Center. For those who remain, the hard work is only just beginning. 

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