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Jim Souhan: Gersson Rosas failed for Timberwolves. What should they do next?

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Newton might have proved to be a good hire if he had been able to work in a good organization. He's an assistant GM with the world-champion Milwaukee Bucks, so the Wolves may have wrongly held him responsible for their own historical ineptitude.

Thibodeau is a good coach who should not have been given general manager duties.

Layden was a placeholder, and an unlikable one at that.

Rosas appeared to be an excellent candidate who fit the Wolves' needs. He was an experienced international scout and a modern thinker. While he had not turned around the franchise, as a basketball operator, he had earned a measure of patience.

Maybe owner Glen Taylor didn't do enough due diligence on Rosas as a person. Or maybe Rosas' faults were not evident until he was given power.

If what is being reported about Rosas' behavior and the atmosphere in the Wolves' organization are true, Taylor had no choice but to fire him.

 

But that means that three of the last five basketball bosses Taylor hired from outside the organization were unfit to lead. Thibodeau, Rosas and Kahn made the average Wolves employee hate coming to work. Maybe you can excuse one such mistake, but three mistakes of this magnitude? If a player performed this way, he'd find himself on the bench. In Turkey.

Now the Wolves will begin training camp and explore a trade for Ben Simmons with Sachin Gupta running the basketball operation.

The Wolves are expected to conduct a search for Rosas' replacement.

Who would you want running that search?

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