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Gersson Rosas out as Minnesota Timberwolves' president of basketball ops

Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Gersson Rosas was fired as the Minnesota Timberwolves' president of basketball operations, the team announced Wednesday.

"Today, the Minnesota Timberwolves parted ways with president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas," the team said in a statement. "As an organization, we remain committed to building a winning team that our fans and city can be proud of."

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T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor said Sachin Gupta, the franchise's executive vice president of basketball operations, will assume "basketball operations oversight." According to ESPN, the organization is planning to conduct a broader search to locate a permanent replacement.

"Given the leadership changes announced earlier today, Sachin Gupta will assume basketball operations oversight while remaining Timberwolves executive vice president of basketball operations," Taylor said in a news release. "We are committed to staying aligned to achieve our short-term goals and reach our long-term vision."

ESPN reported that the timing of Rosas' firing caught multiple players and members of the franchise by surprise. Rosas was still conducting meetings and was in the gym Wednesday morning.

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The Timberwolves hired Rosas, a former executive with the Houston Rockets, in May 2019, making him the highest-ranking Latino in an NBA front-office position.

Minnesota finished near the bottom of the Western Conference standings in both seasons under Rosas.

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