KEY POINTS

  • The Minnesota Timberwolves have fired team president Gersson Rosas
  • Karl-Anthony Towns' response to the firing suggests that he was not informed of the decision
  • Charania reports that Rosas was involved in a consensual in-office relationship that made others feel uncomfortable

The Minnesota Timberwolves fired their president of basketball operations, and a recent report details the reasons as to why.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania said that an insider from the Timberwolves said that the decision to cut Rosas was due to “performance reasons”.

Charania also reported that the Timberwolves brass found out that Rosas was having a  “consensual intimate relationship with a member of the organization”.

NBA Insider Marc Stein broke the news via Twitter that Timberwolves team owner Glen Taylor decided to cut ties with team president Gersson Rosas.

“Today the Minnesota Timberwolves parted ways with President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas. As an organization, we remain committed to building a winning team that our fans and city can be proud of,” said Taylor in his announcement.

Understandably enough, Karl-Anthony Towns aired his grievances via Twitter with a three-letter message that indicated his displeasure.

Rosas joined the Timberwolves in May 2019, after serving 16 seasons under the guidance of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and a short stint with the Dallas Mavericks.

Rosas was a major part of the Timberwolves’ offseason moves and trade rumors.

He acquired Patrick Beverley, re-signed Jarred Vanderbilt, Jordan McLaughlin and signed their first-round pick this year--Leandro Bolmaro--as part of his tasks for this offseason.

Rosas was also a big reason that the Timberwolves were considered as players in the Ben Simmons sweepstakes.

The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski reported in the past that a new ownership group led by Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez could jump to 40 percent by the end of 2022 and majority ownership by December 2023.

The biggest takeaway from this whole situation is Towns’ reaction.

His tweet suggested that Towns had no idea what was going to happen to their team president.

The franchise cornerstone being kept in the dark about such a major move is a move that has come to plague the Timberwolves organization.

NBA legend Kevin Garnett’s grievances with the team that drafted him are very much documented at this point, and the Timberwolves are at risk of pushing Towns in that direction as well.

Towns has only made the playoffs once in his career, falling to the Rockets in five games back in 2018.

With how tumultuous the franchise has been, Towns may opt to leave them when his contract runs out after the 2023-24 season.

As for the Timberwolves themselves, training camp starts in less than a week and will be hard-pressed to find a replacement for Rosas quickly.