Does this mean D-Lo is going to be traded for Simmons or is D-Lo going to stay?
I figured that’s what it would be given the very odd timing of him getting canned.More info is coming out:
People inside the organization have been put off by him at times, and the latest issue to surface was seemingly the final straw. One other employee of the team also left abruptly Wednesday.
Exactly right. Flim-flam men. Lore is rich, but not rich enough to buy a team. A-Rod is rich, but not even remotely rich enough to buy a team. He's in for the glam.The wolves off-season starts next week. For the other teams it’s the start of the NBA season.
Anybody who thinks the wolves will be run any less chaotically if (not when) ARod and Lore take majority ownership are dreaming. These guys are all flash and not enough cash to play with the big boys of the NBA. As we know, ARod is a liar and a cheat. Always has been and that’s not going to change. Lore once beat a retired Jerry Rice in a race. Who cares? The point is they don’t have the money to buy the team or they would own the team. That’s how it works. My guess is they are looking for investors. Ownership transition instability means the kind of stuff like what happened yesterday will continue.
I finally took a few minutes to read the entire article in The Athletic. Pretty deep dive, very informative. Whatever Jon K is getting paid by that place probably isn't enough. To cover a shit show like Taylor and the Wolves as well as he does, it's quite an achievement.Prior to the announcement, The Athletic had spent the last several weeks investigating the working environment under Rosas and interviewed numerous sources on the current staff about the situation after learning of mounting discontent. Some said Rosas worked his staff long hours without giving much input into the decision-making process. Others took issue with decisions made on personnel moves and trades, including the light protections on a first-round draft pick that landed them D’Angelo Russell from Golden State, Rosas’ signature move.
“It’s hard,” one member of the organization who followed Rosas to Minnesota after he was hired said. “He’s not who I thought he was.”
Rosas also had several backers in the organization, who said the current issues they were facing were more related to the pandemic and the stress brought on by the ownership change than Rosas’ leadership style.
Some of the issues were exacerbated this summer when Rosas and Gupta butted heads over Rosas’ decision to block Gupta from making a lateral move to the Houston Rockets with increased pay, sources said. Rosas said the timing of the request, coming right before the draft and free agency, made it impossible for the Timberwolves to let someone with as much proprietary knowledge of the team’s plans go to a competitor. The tension between Rosas and Gupta only grew later in August when Rosas banished Gupta from the team’s offices and granted him permission to seek employment elsewhere, according to sources. The issue was resolved in early September after ownership got involved and Gupta decided to stay.
Earlier in the year, Rosas drew criticism when then-coach Ryan Saunders was fired immediately after a road game loss in New York and replaced with a hire outside the organization, with no minority candidates or others given a chance to interview for the position. Some were also unhappy with the way Saunders was taken to New York on a road trip only to be fired immediately after the game. The decision to part ways with Zarko Durisic, a beloved longtime scout who had been with the organization for more than two decades, did not sit well with some in the organization either.
“Zarko had an incredible career here in Minnesota and really did a great job while he was here,” Rosas said in August. “Just a different stage in his career for us and different stage of where we’re at as an organization. The Ryan decision was one where, after studying, after evaluating, we knew we needed to make change.”..
Inside the stunning ouster of Timberwolves president Gersson Rosas and the events that led to it, including the final straw.theathletic.com