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Timberwolves fire Gersson Rosas in shocking move

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The Minnesota Timberwolves fired president Gersson Rosas on Wednesday in a shocking move just two years after he was hired. This also comes a week before training camp.

Current Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor released a short statement on the move:

This news comes amid a change in ownership, with Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore taking over as the majority owners. It also comes amid Ben Simmons trade rumors. The Timberwolves have been rumored as a top suitor for Simmons, but nothing has come to fruition.

Perhaps there have been some disagreements about these Simmons trade negotiations. Perhaps the new ownership team just wanted their own guy in there, though there is going to be a transition period to the new owners. Still, while the Timberwolves are under a lot of pressure to succeed in 2021-22 with Karl-Anthony Towns (who’s not happy), Anthony Edwards, D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley in place as the core, this is still unreal timing to fire the head of basketball operations.

Minnesota allowed Rosas to run the entire offseason before all of a sudden dropping this bomb right before training camp. Rosas also picked out a new head coach in the middle of last season, and Chris Finch had the Timberwolves playing relatively well during the second half of the 2020-21 campaign, even if they still finished with a disappointing 23-49 record.

The pressure now ramps up even more in Minnesota. We’ll see if this big change in the front office results in an even more persistent push for Simmons or if they back off. Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer is already reporting that Rodriguez and Lore have a fondness for Philadelphia 76ers general manager Elton Brand, adding another weird layer to all this.

Stay tuned!