The Timberwolves have dismissed president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, according to Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
The timing of the move seems a little peculiar, given that training camp starts next week. Rosas, 43, has also only been on the job a little more than two seasons.
He was hired by Minnesota on May 1, 2019, following 16 years with the Rockets. That included a run as executive VP of basketball operations under former Houston GM Daryl Morey.
Minneapolis-based reporter Dane Moore wrote that “dissension” has been brewing in the Timerwolves’ front office for some time.
“In a critical year, with new ownership, the Wolves decided to act now rather than delay,” Moore wrote.
Former Major League Baseball star Alex Rodriguez and WalMart e-commerce CEO Marc Lore agreed to purchase the Timberwolves from current owner Glen Taylor in April.
The Timberwolves finished 19-45 in Rosas’ first season and 23-49 last year after undergoing a coaching change from Ryan Saunders to Chris Finch. Saunders was fired in February after a 7-24 start.
The Finch hiring didn’t come without its share of controversy, as he had been an assistant with the Raptors at the time. While hiring Finch, Rosas and Taylor passed over highly regarded Timberwolves assistant David Vanterpool.
With Rosas on the way out, Finch’s future with the franchise is obviously very much up in the air.