The Minnesota Timberwolves made a surprise move on Wednesday in dismissing Gersson Rosas just days before the start of training camp.
Ownership of the Wolves have listened to a vocal contingent of staffers who expressed concern with the way Rosas conducted his business, sources tell The Athletic. The franchise decided they could not wait any longer to address the situation.
The tenure of Rosas was described by some as dysfunctional with tension rippling through the front office. Rival team executives and agents also complained about how Rosas treated relationships and negotations. The complaints reached the ownership level of the last few weeks.
The Wolves went 42-94 in two seasons with Rosas running the front office.
Glen Taylor took part in a meeting with Rosas on Wednesday before the decision was announced.
The Athletic had been investigating the working environment under Rosas over the past few weeks. Some said Rosas worked his staff long hours without giving much input into the decision-making process.
“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 had direct issues with Sachin Gupta. Gupta's potential lateral move to the Houston Rockets with increased pay was blocked by Rosas. The tension between Rosas and Gupta only grew later in August when Rosas banished Gupta from the team’s offices and granted him permission to seek employment elsewhere, according to sources. The issue was resolved in early September after ownership got involved and Gupta decided to stay. Gupta is now replacing Rosas on an interim basis.
Sources tell The Athletic that the driving force behind the move was the lack of success on the court and poor front office morale, but the franchise also discovered that Rosas had a consensual intimate relationship with a member of the organization. It was not the reason for the dismissal, but it impacted the timing.