After firing former team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau, the Minnesota Timberwolves started their search for a new President of Basketball Operations. They retained interim head coach Ryan Saunders, son of the late former Timberwolves head coach and executive Flip Saunders, after this past season ended in another missed playoff bid for Minnesota. Earlier on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the Timberwolves decided to hire Houston Rockets executive Gersson Rosas for the job.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are hiring Houston’s Gersson Rosas as the franchise’s next President of Basketball Operations, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 1, 2019
Rosas was born in Bogota, Colombia and will become the NBA’s first Latino president of a team. He spent the last 18 years working for the Houston Rockets, most recently as their vice president of basketball operations, and in 2013 had his first try as a General Manager for the Dallas Mavericks. Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey thinks Rosas has earned this opportunity with his hard work with the Rockets. Following comes from ESPN:
“Gersson has been an unbelievable person to work with. He’s been way overqualified for his job for a while here. He’s more than earned his shot, although I wish he would’ve gone East. We’re going to have an extremely tough competitor in the West. Minnesota is going to find how forward-thinking, how hard-working and how talented he is at putting together a winning team.”