The Timberwolves are moving forward with plans to hire Rockets executive Gersson Rosas as their new president of basketball operations, league sources tell Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirms as much, tweeting that Rosas will assume control of Minnesota’s front office.
Rosas has spent the better part of two decades with the Rockets, most recently serving as the team’s executive vice president of basketball ops. A close associate of general manager Daryl Morey, Rosas had a brief stint as the Mavericks’ general manager in 2013 but returned to Houston shortly thereafter when things didn’t pan out in Dallas.
Rosas has been a popular target in recent years for teams with openings in their front office. He was reportedly considered for top jobs in Charlotte, Detroit, and Philadelphia in 2018. This spring, he interviewed with the Pelicans and Wizards in addition to the Wolves. According to Wojnarowski (via Twitter), Rosas met with Minnesota for a second time today in an interview that included owner Glen Taylor.
Heading into 2018/19, head coach Tom Thibodeau held the president of basketball operations title for the Wolves, but general manager Scott Layden assumed control of the front office when Thibodeau was fired during the season.
Now that he’s being hired to lead Minnesota’s front office, Rosas will have a hand in determining Layden’s future, as well as that of head coach Ryan Saunders. The Wolves reportedly prefer to bring back both men.
Once he sorts out the Wolves’ front office and coaching staff, Rosas will turn his attention to what figures to be a challenging offseason. Minnesota doesn’t project to have cap room this summer after missing the playoffs in 2018/19, and big contracts for Andrew Wiggins ($27.5MM), Jeff Teague ($19MM), and Gorgui Dieng ($16.2MM) remain on the club’s books.
The Timberwolves also interviewed ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups, Nuggets assistant GM Calvin Booth, and Nets assistant GM Trajan Langdon for their president of basketball operations vacancy.