Gersson Rosas ripped by Timberwolves colleagues after sudden firing
With training camp set to begin in just a few days, the Minnesota Timberwolves will try to navigate their way through a huge change after Gersson Rosas got booted out as president of basketball operations.
While Rosas built a strong relationship with Karl-Anthony Towns, who wasn’t too pleased with the development, the axed Timberwolves official apparently caused discontent among his colleagues. According to a report by The Athletic, several front office staff, who refused to disclose their names, weren’t happy with Rosas’ decisions.
Others took issue with decisions made on personnel moves and trades, including the light protections on a first-round draft pick that landed them D’Angelo Russell from Golden State, Rosas’ signature move. “It’s hard,” one member of the organization who followed Rosas to Minnesota after he was hired said. “He’s not who I thought he l was.”
Rosas, who previously had a long tenure with the Houston Rockets, espoused that the Timberwolves were a family. But some disgruntled colleagues said that was not the case at all.
“There’s no way we can survive if we keep going like this,” one person said at the time. “Too many people are unhappy.”
According to the report, several player agents also weren’t pleased with Rosas’ negotiating tactics. He was also extremely strict with the players. He disallowed Juancho Hernangomez, who was recovering from a shoulder injury, to suit for Spain in the Tokyo Olympics after previously assuring the national team that the Timberwolves forward can play. Rosas also allegedly reneged on a deal he assured free agent guard Jordan McLaughlin.
“Rosas was the cause of mishaps and pulled his promises,” the source said.
All the quotes were quite telling of Gersson Rosas’ sacking. With his exit, Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations Sachin Gupta will temporarily take over.