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7 hours ago, Lawful Metal said:

Ben Simmons and John Wall working out together. 

LOL Remember when Philly wouldn't trade Simmons for Harden? 

I'm pretty sure the story was the Rockets didn't want to take on Simmons (and his salary)

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13 hours ago, Zimbra said:

Huh, the training camp stuff was reported weeks ago.  I'm not sure why Woj is reporting this like it's new except "Daryl Morey asked me to."

Why would Morey want what little leverage he had left to evaporate, and no chance for Simmons to rebuild some of his value by playing well?

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1 hour ago, Lawful Metal said:

I'd do a straight swap if Simmons would be a Draymond-esque PF and give up on PG aspirations

As this Philadelphian will tell you: Simmons is going to do whatever the hell he wants to do, and does not care about really anything except showing off his luxury sports cars, hawking Australian wines and showing off with whatever reality TV starlet he's dating this month. On top of his annoying flaws as a player, he is almost A-Rod like in his self-perceived coolness compared to his actual lameness.

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3 hours ago, Greggulator said:

As this Philadelphian will tell you: Simmons is going to do whatever the hell he wants to do, and does not care about really anything except showing off his luxury sports cars, hawking Australian wines and showing off with whatever reality TV starlet he's dating this month. On top of his annoying flaws as a player, he is almost A-Rod like in his self-perceived coolness compared to his actual lameness.

Sounds like he needs PJ Tucker to beat him up every day in practice.  Oh wait ...

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The Timberwolves are parting ways with president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, sources tell Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic (Twitter link). The team has confirmed the news, issuing the following statement:

“Today, the Minnesota Timberwolves parted ways with President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas. As an organization, we remain committed to building a winning team that our fans and city can be proud of.”

Rosas had only run the Timberwolves’ basketball operations department for two years, having been hired by the franchise in May of 2019 after a lengthy stint in the Rockets’ front office. He overhauled the roster after taking the reins — Karl-Anthony Towns and Josh Okogie are the only two holdover players from the previous regime.

Which lead to 

 

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10 minutes ago, RIPPA said:

Which lead to 

 

I'm not super NBA savvy or anything, but the only way this makes sense is if there's some sort of bad off-court thing about to hit with Rosas.

The Minnesota Timberwolves: Perpetually two years away from being two years away since 2007.

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In recent days, the organization discovered that Rosas, who is married, had a consensual intimate relationship with a member of the organization, The Athletic has learned from multiple sources. It made several people within the organization uncomfortable, sources said. While this was not the reason for Rosas’ dismissal, it certainly impacted the timing.

I thought it might be something illegal.

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President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas was fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, with sources telling ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that the team came to the decision after learning more about his relationships within the organization.

Team owner Glen Taylor announced Rosas' firing on Wednesday, replacing him with Sachin Gupta, the Timberwolves' executive vice president of basketball operations.

Sources close to the situation told Shelburne that incoming owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez had been evaluating Rosas' performance this summer and had planned to relieve him of his duties at some point. According to sources, that process sped up the more they learned about the deterioration of his relationship with Gupta and after evidence was brought to them about a consensual romantic relationship between Rosas and another team employee.

While sources said the organization does not believe the relationship violated any of its internal policies, the Timberwolves planned to conduct an internal investigation after they were made aware of it this week.

Taylor, who is transferring ownership to Lore and Rodriguez over the course of the next two years, made the final decision to relieve Rosas of his responsibilities on Wednesday, less than a week before training camp opens.

Gupta, who sources said had been barred from the facility by Rosas after the two had a falling out several weeks ago, was subsequently elevated to interim president of basketball operations.

The Wolves are planning to conduct a broader search to find a permanent replacement, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The timing of Rosas' dismissal caught players and other members of the organization by surprise, sources told Shelburne and ESPN's Zach Lowe. Rosas was still holding meetings and was in the gym Wednesday morning, the sources said.

Rosas became the highest-ranking Latino in an NBA front office when he was hired in May 2019 after a long tenure with the Houston Rockets. Rosas replaced Tom Thibodeau, who held the dual role of head coach and president of basketball operations until his firing by the Wolves four months earlier.

Thibodeau's successor on the bench was Ryan Saunders, who was initially retained by Rosas but was fired in February after 137 games on the job. Rosas took the unusual tack of hiring Chris Finch off the staff of the Toronto Raptors and making him the immediate midseason replacement.

The move drew criticism from players around the league stumping for assistant David Vanterpool and a rebuke from the National Basketball Coaches Association for rushing the process at the expense of a thorough search to maximize the opportunity for minority candidates.

This summer, Rosas ran afoul of the Spanish Basketball Federation for barring forward Juancho Hernangomez from playing for his native country at the Olympics because of a shoulder injury he'd been rehabilitating from. The national team said it was led to believe Hernangomez would be allowed to play, only to find out after he'd flown to Tokyo that Rosas said no.

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/32258607/gersson-rosas-minnesota-timberwolves-president-basketball-operations

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So Andrew Wiggins is still unvaccinated

The big reason this will cause Golden State problems is that San Francisco has required proof of vaccination for large indoor events and the NBA had announced that teams must follow those orders

So at the moment - Wiggins would not be able to play in home games (or in other cities that have the same requirements)

 

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So far, from what I've seen, there have been two starkly contrasting reactions to the Rosas thing.

Minnesota fans: "Holy crap, this is a complete shocker! How on earth did this happen?"

Minnesota media: "Yeah, this isn't a surprise."

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4 hours ago, RIPPA said:

So Andrew Wiggins is still unvaccinated

The big reason this will cause Golden State problems is that San Francisco has required proof of vaccination for large indoor events and the NBA had announced that teams must follow those orders

So at the moment - Wiggins would not be able to play in home games (or in other cities that have the same requirements)

You know, I figured this story would have come up, but with Kyrie's name.  I guess just because the earth is flat doesn't mean vaccines don't work. 

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49 minutes ago, Dolfan in NYC said:

You know, I figured this story would have come up, but with Kyrie's name.  I guess just because the earth is flat doesn't mean vaccines don't work. 

And would you look at that

 

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