The firing of President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas was a bit of a surprise as the Minnesota Timberwolves preseason opener is just twelve days away. Rosas was dismissed on Wednesday due to his relationships within the organization.
Rosas became in charge two years ago, while the franchise was rebuilding. It seemed like he was going to maintain the role for a while as the team was searching for its identity and building a team to make it back to the playoffs.
The Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns was confused when the decision was final and the NBA community was caught off guard with Marc Lowe and Alex Rodriguez set to have control of the franchise by 2023. The question becomes will the front office now pursue Ben Simmons.
A Surprising Departure in Minnesota
Gersson Rosas became the highest-paid Latino executive in the NBA when he was hired back in 2019. He played a big role in reshaping the roster for the future as he traded Andrew Wiggins and a first-round pick for D’Angelo Russell. The Wolves also drafted Anthony Edwards with the first overall pick in 2020.
The team also traded for Malik Beasley and other assets for the future. Rosas also sent a former lottery pick to the Memphis Grizzlies. Jarrett Culver couldn’t find much success in his current role on the team less than a month ago. The Timberwolves also went through a pair of coaching changes during his time as President of basketball operations.
Is Ben Simmons to the Timberwolves a Possibly Now
Many rumors have been swirling around the league for months in regards to where Ben Simmons will land. The Brooklyn Nets were reportedly going to deal star point guard Kyrie Irving to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Ben Simmons if it wasn’t for his close ties with Kevin Durant.
The Timberwolves may shift to pursuing Ben Simmons now as they look to pair Towns with another star soon. The current owner of the franchise, Glen Taylor, stated,” As an organization, we remain committed to building a winning team that our fans and city can be proud of.”
As of right now, Sachin Gupta will assume day-to-day operations on the basketball side of things until the team finds a permanent replacement. Gupta has worked with other organizations in the league that include the Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, and Houston Rockets.
Lore and Rodriguez have kept in touch with Sixers’ general manager, which could help land Ben Simmons at some point. Whoever is next in line to replace Rosas will be the fifth person in charge of basketball operations for the organization since the departure of Kevin McHale in 2009.
Now that Rosas is not in charge of making moves, the Timberwolves may move towards stability and also take the risks to build a competitive roster.
It could go either way as Sixers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey, worked with Rosas in the Houston Rockets organization. This could also help the 76ers and the Timberwolves facilitate a trade in the future as Rosas was adamant about parting ways with the team’s young core which includes Towns, Russell, and Edwards.
Another possibility is that both teams may not be affected by the news and are still talking to one another about a potential trade. The 76ers have to also keep in mind of the other options that are available in the trade market as teams like the Portland Trail Blazers are reportedly interested in a deal.
Should the Minnesota Timberwolves trade for Ben Simmons in order to create a dynamic duo in the tough Western Conference?