Thunderclap with the Timberwolves! A few days before training camp, the franchise announced the dismissal of its president of basketball operations.
At a time when most franchises are polishing their roster for training camp, the Timberwolves have cleaned up their front office. In a press release, owner Glen Taylor, who will not hand over to Alex Rodriguez until 2022-2023, announced the dismissal of basketball operations president Gersson Rosas. Hired in May 2019 after a long apprenticeship with the Rockets, he will have spent only two seasons in Minneapolis for a record of 42 wins for 94 losses. The thinking head of the Timberwolves did not hesitate to clean up the roster since only Karl-Anthony Towns and Josh Okogiecome from the former management team. Rosas has multiplied the trades, like those of Andrew Wiggins, Robert Covington, Jeff Teague, Ricky Rubio or more recently Jarrett Culver. And while he was building a roster in his image, he was evacuated by the franchise.
Several reasons have been mentioned for this astonishing timing. First of all, his professional relations with his close collaborators would have been criticized. His assistants admit to working long hours without their reports having any influence on Rosas’ decisions, reports journalist Jon Krawszynski of The Athletic. There would have been disagreements in particular around the exchange of Andrew Wiggins on the too light protection of the picks sent to Golden State. Another reason mentioned, the internal quarrel between Rosas and the executive vice-president of basketball operations, Sachin Gupta. Tried to get the position of GM of the Rockets, Gupta was retained by Rosas, who vetoed the transfer. According to sources, he couldn’t stand Gupta having a bigger salary than him in Houston. These tyrannical relations have pushed the franchise to purely and simply transfer Rosas … which will be temporarily replaced by Sachin Gupta! In search of stability this season, the Timberwolves are once again changing direction.
Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx owner Glen Taylor released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/3I49vM7ZXe— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) September 22, 2021