The Timberwolves parted ways with president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas on Wednesday, days before the start of the season.
“Today, the Minnesota Timberwolves parted ways with President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “As an organization, we remain committed to building a winning team that our fans and city can be proud of.”
Minnesota opens training camp on Monday. Rosas was at the helm all offseason, making moves such as dealing Ricky Rubio and acquiring Patrick Beverley in a trade. Most recently, he re-signed Jarred Vanderbilt and Jordan McLaughlin.
So the timing is the part that is most befuddling.
But red flags had been raised in recent months about how Rosas was running the basketball operations department, outside of winning basketball games, a source said. The culture — a word emphasized so often by Rosas himself — was troublesome to some.
And rather than allow that to fester, a source said the organization deemed it better to step in and make a change now.
The process used to hire Rosas in 2019 was championed as a collaborative effort involving a number of important voices across the organization. At the end of it, the Timberwolves were confident they got the right guy.
While Taylor is still the majority owner — a role he is expected to maintain for the next couple years — Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez did purchase a minority stake…