Wolves hit reset button again and saw president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas
Man, the bosses of the Timberwolves must have really wanted this power forward position to be improved.
The offseason came and went – we’re set to open training camps next week – and Wolves haven’t done much to fill their crying need for a ‘four’. So now they’ve turned their attention to meeting a newly created need for president of basketball operations, as Gersson Rosas – the man tasked with improving that list – was fired on Wednesday.
Rosas, 43, had held the position since 2019. He arrived from Houston after 17 years at the Rockets front office, where he mainly worked under Daryl Morey before Morey’s move to Philadelphia. Over the past two seasons, Minnesota has gone 42-94, a winning percentage (0.309) even worse than Wolves’ 0.394 overall rate, still the worst of 30 active NBA franchises.
Only 10 organizations in the league’s history have lost more frequently, and those clubs – such as the Pittsburgh Ironmen, Waterloo Hawks and Providence Steam Rollers in the belted-shorts era – are all gone.
The mention of advanced power was sarcastic, although with Wolves you could never tell the motivation to hit the reset button again – and again, and again. Rosas was brought in after Tom Thibodeau returned the keys to the front office and coaching in 2016, which was the supposed response in Minnesota after the ill-advised decision to hire former sports journalist David Kahn as basketball general manager -ball.
Timberwolves / Lynx owner Glen Taylor has issued the following statement:
âToday, the Minnesota Timberwolves parted ways with president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas. As an organization, we remain committed to building a winning team that our fans and the city can be proud of. “
– Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) September 22, 2021
Sachin Gupta, an employee of Rosas hired as executive vice president of basketball operations and therefore someone who has fingerprints all over his signatures, transactions and drafts, has been transferred to his boss’s job acting. The proverbial wide net is being cast to find a permanent replacement, without much institutional confidence that this time around they will get it right.
Over the past 15 seasons, Wolves have had 10 different men as their head coach – and missed the playoffs in 14 of those 15 years, the streak was only interrupted by a first-round ouster against Houston in 2018.
Was it therefore the failure to consolidate the four? Probably not that. Wolves had no draft pick in July, with their first and second round selections shipped to Golden State as part of Rosas’ deal that was as much about offloading Andrew Wiggins as it was about adding guard D. Angelo Russell (well, the choices as sweeteners).
Or maybe there was too much or too little in Minnesota’s purported interest in Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons.
Hiring Chris Finch mid-season to replace coach Ryan Saunders has put the team against the grain, trying to establish new staff while hoping to preserve top-three protection on this first-round pick. . So by tinkering with a 13-40 record by dropping 10-9 over the past five weeks, their pick landing at No.7 in the lottery, the Rosas team couldn’t even lose “straight.”
Rosas beat Georgia winger Anthony Edwards No. 1 overall in 2020 and finished one of the NBA’s top two newcomers last season. Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball won the Rookie of the Year award, but Edwards has an explosive and explosive game with the potential to become a future star.
In 2019, however, Rosas maneuvered with Phoenix to land Jarrett Culver on Draft Night, dropping two assets – conscript Cam Johnson and veteran Dario Saric – that helped the Suns reach the 2021 Finals. Culver, meanwhile , had two unimpressive seasons with Wolves, then was sent to Memphis last month in a trade for high-mileage goalie Patrick Beverley.
Besides Russell’s trade, designed to team up with the point guard with his friend and Wolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns, Rosas acquired six other players before the February 2020 trade deadline. Most of them were actors and only two – Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt – remain.
Ironically, in an interview last week with Yahoo! Sports, Towns has been asked about the whereabouts of so many teammates and coaches since arriving as the No.1 pick in 2015.
“It would be nice to have some stability and some understanding of where we grow up with the people we try to grow up with, âsaid the two-time All-Star, 2016 Rookie of the Year and a 2018 All-NBA center. Towns, he played for four coaches on teams that went 185-279 (0.399).
One could argue that dismissing the president of basketball operations so close to training camp is the difficult but correct decision if there were specific issues with Rosas or if the property had lost confidence in him. No reason to wait for a whole 2021-22 season.
There is also a feeling that if incoming investors Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore remain minority partners of Glen Taylor, they could have been involved in the dismissal of Rosas. Veteran NBA writer Peter Vecsey suggested on social media Wednesday afternoon that Rodriguez might be interested in hiring Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas, who has had a tumultuous tenure as president and coach of the New York Knicks while Rodriguez played for the Yankees.
The Timberwolves part ways with Gersson Rosas. Is the replacement a done deal? Instinct tells me that I will hire the front office of ARod Lord Thomas 2. Don’t neglect the KG factor! HOF’s annual presenter (Isiah) was on stage when Garnett was inducted. I feel they are meeting in Minny.
– Peter Vecsey (@ PeterVecsey1) September 22, 2021
If Rodriguez and Lore are behind this move, then in its timing and how it fits so perfectly with the Timberwolves’ brash management change model, the vibe in Minnesota could reasonably be, “Meet the new boss, like the old one.” boss. “
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Steve Aschburner has been writing about the NBA since 1980. You can email him here, find his archives here and follow him on twitter.
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