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BREAKING: Timberwolves Part Ways With Gersson Rosas

The Wolves make a huge change

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Well, that sort of came out of nowhere. Per Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, the Timberwolves and former President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas are parting ways.

So... there’s a lot to cover here over the next few days, but basically, it sounds like while this came out of nowhere to the public, things may have been brewing for a while behind the scenes.

I suppose it is fine to act now rather than delay the inevitable, but the timing is nothing short of shocking. Rosas literally just handled the draft, free agency, and multiple trades over the off-season. Acting now didn’t really change anything as it pertains to the 2021-22 Timberwolves, unless ownership feels as though someone else is better equipped to handle the Ben Simmons negotiations.

And that’s the real point that sticks out, to me at least. I find it quite a coincidence that this came shortly after Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez have become more involved with the team. This is their opportunity to get their guy in, and a few names have already emerged.

My real high-level, instant reaction analysis here is that if these are the options, I would hope for Sachin Gupta to get the job. It’s nothing personal, but I think Elton Brand has shown that he is not a high-quality executive.

Lastly, and because it’s the Timberwolves, it seems they may have skipped one pretty important step in this process, such as keeping their franchise superstar in the loop.

We knew Marc Lore and A-Rod would make mistakes as they learn how the ropes. That was to be expected and they deserve some slack, but potentially alienating Karl-Anthony Towns just days before Media Day is certainly a choice.

Ultimately, if the Wolves get the right guy in place, all is forgiven and this will be nothing but a minor speed bump at the early stages of new ownership’s tenure. They just absolutely have to get it right.