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Timberwolves hire Gersson Rosas as president of basketball operations

May 03, 2019 08:23 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves officially announced the hiring of Houston Rockets executive Gersson Rosas as president of basketball operations on Friday. 

The postition had been vacant since the organization parted ways with Tom Thibodeau in January. 

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Rosas, a native of Bogota, Colombia, will become the NBA's first Latino top basketball executive. He will be formally introduced at a press conference on Monday.

“We are excited for Gersson to lead our basketball operations department,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor released in a statement. “We were extremely impressed with him during the process. He brings many years of NBA front office experience with a very successful organization to our team. I’m confident that he will bring success to our organization.”

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Rosas previously served as the vice president of basketball operations for the Rockets and was a candidate to fill similar front office positions with the Wizards and the Pelicans this offseason. He had spent 16 seasons with Houston.

This will be Rosas' second stint serving a prominent role in an NBA's front office. He served a brief three-month tenure with the Dallas Mavericks in 2013. According to ESPN, Rosas' departure was because he wanted more control.

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