Gerson Rojas, president of Timberwolves Basketball Operations, is parting ways Shams Charania Athletic’s.
Rojas was fired five days before the start of NBA training camp on Monday, a fine time for such a decision. But according to Chris Hein of the Star Tribune, “in the last few months” there has been a growing conflict and tense relationship between Rojas, the front office and the rest of the organization, which led to his dismissal.
Within 2 weeks, Garson Rojas was allowed to trade Patrick Beverly, Gerard Vanderbilt, Jordan McLaughlin were brought back and first round pick Leandro Bolmaro was signed.
Now, six days before training camp, Minnesota is looking for a new head of basketball operations.
– Bobby Marks (@ Bobby Marks 42) September 22, 2021
Timberwolves All-Star Center Carl-Anthony Towns immediately expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision.
Rojas, who was hired by Minnesota in May 2019, took several steps during his reign. Only two players remain on Timberwolves ’active list from the 2018-19 season, Towns and Guardian Josh Okogi, after several trades and acquisitions.
Here’s a look at what Rosas ’tenure and his dismissal will mean for Minnesota moving forward.
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Major steps under Gerson Rojas
According to Dylan Jackson of DunkingWithWolves.com, Rojas made 10 trades between July 2021, notably Timberwolves’ point guard D’Angelo Russell, forward Omari Spellman and guard Jacob Evans from Timberwolves to Andrew Weig in February 2020, Peak and 2021 Second Round Peak.
So far, the trade seems to be a flop for Minnesota, as Russell has played only 54 matches since signing with him. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in February of this season and missed 26 competitions from February 10 to April 3, contributing to the 13th place at the Western Conference with a 23-49 record in Minnesota.
Meanwhile, the 2021 peak of Timberwolves has become the No. 7 peak for the Golden State that it used on Jonathan Cumminger, which was a large raw wing, which many considered the top-five peak. A productive and sustainable part for the Wiggins Warriors, they appeared in 71 of their 72 games last year.
Rojas acquired point guard Ricky Rubio in November 2020, but the move did not work well. Rubio’s stats have dropped significantly with Sanchez since his 2019-20 season, as he struggled to team up with another ball-influencer, Russell.
Although not all of Rojas’ moves were bad. Timberwolves appeared to have a great selection with Anthony Edwards, who was nominated for the All-Rookie First-Team, while averaging 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists, with first pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
The prospect of a Ben Simmons trade
According to BetMGM, Timberwall’s Plus-400 has the best odds of landing Simmons. They were the most active team in the acquisition of Simmons this summer, although no deal was reached.
According to NBC Sports ‘Dan Feldman, Minnesota prefers to keep its hometowns of Towns, Edwards and Russell in Simmons’ potential trade and could include owner Beasley, Josh Okogi and Jaden McDaniels in a deal with other players. However, Philadelphia is now looking to win, something that could force Russell into a package.
Check out the timeline for Simmons ’move to trade talks this summer.
Who will be the next GM of Minnesota Timberwolves?
Immediately, Timberwolves promoted Sachin Gupta as the interim head of basketball activities. Gupta is an analyst guru, the creator of ESPN’s trade machine and the protজg of former Philadelphia 76ers GM Sam Presty. Timberwolves announced that they would begin a search for a permanent replacement and that Gupta would be considered for the position.
Per Jake Fisher According to Bleacher Report, Minnesota owner Mark Lowre and Alex Rodriguez, the general manager of the 76ers, chose Elton Brand for their preferred basketball operations location.
Brand was named a Philadelphia Player Development Consultant in December 2001 and promoted to General Manager in September 2001. Some of his notable moves were trading in November 2018 for current hit star Jimmy Butler, who signed Celtics forward Al Harford to a multi-year deal. Recruitment of current coach Doc Reverse in July 2019 2019 and October. Brand previously played in the NBA for 1 year before 2020 and was twice named All-Star. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
The Timberwolves have played the playoffs once in the 17 seasons before entering 2021-22.