The Timberwolves, under new ownership led by Alex Rodriguez, have seemingly irritated their most important player.
Following the news Wednesday that Minnesota fired president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, superstar center Karl-Anthony Towns responded with a three-letter tweet: “wtf…”
The dismissal came on the same day Rosas was in the gym with the team in Minnesota “talking player development and culture building,” ESPN NBA Insider Ramona Shelburne said on “The Jump.”
Shelburne added that Minnesota already has started reaching out to other front office people behind the scenes to fill the position.
Sachin Gupta, the Timberwolves’ executive vice president of basketball operations, will be promoted to the franchise’s interim head of basketball operations, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Gupta will be the first person of Indian-origin to run a basketball organization.
Minnesota hired Rosas, a former Rockets executive, in May 2019.
In a statement announcing Rosas’ departure Wednesday, team owner Glen Taylor said the Timberwolves “remain committed to building a winning team that our fans and city can be proud of.”
The news wasn’t as big of a surprise among those who have been in communication with Minnesota’s new ownership group, according to Shelburne.
In late July, the NBA approved Rodriguez, the former Yankees slugger, and business partner Marc Lore as limited partners (a 20 percent minority share) of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx (WNBA).
The deal was $1.5 billion for the MLB star and Walmart CEO. Taylor will remain with the ownership group to assist Rodriguez and Lore as they transition into the their roles as minority owners.
Rosas’ firing came just six days before training camp, and amid the Timberwolves’ active talks with the Sixers about a trade for Ben Simmons. The All-Star point guard has made it clear to Philadelphia he does not want to play for the franchise that selected him No. 1 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Minnesota finished 23-49 last season.