Gersson Rosas is no longer the Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations.
Sachin Gupta, the Timberwolves’ executive vice president of basketball operations, is expected to be promoted and become the franchise’s acting chief of basketball operations, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The team plans to conduct a broader search to find a permanent replacement, the sources said.
In a statement announcing the move Wednesday, team owner Glen Taylor said the Wolves “remain committed to building a winning team that our fans and the city can be proud of.”
The timing of Rosas’s firing took players and other members of the organization by surprise, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Zach Lowe. Rosas was still holding meetings and was in the gym Wednesday morning, sources said.
Minnesota hired Rosas, a former Houston Rockets executive, in May 2019, making him the highest-ranking Latino in a management position.
The Wolves finished near the bottom of the Western Conference in both seasons of Rosas’ tenure, going 19-45 in 2019-20 and 23-49 last season.