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Reports: Dallas Mavericks part ways with GM Rosas after three months

Oct 29, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

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Over the summer, the Dallas Mavericks made what seemed a smart move, hiring Gersson Rosas away from the Houston Rockets to be their new general manager. He was going to be a new voice, bringing an analytics bent, to the Mavs front office.

That lasted about three months.

Tuesday multiple reports came out that Rosas and the Mavericks decided to part ways before the season even tipped off. Marc Stein of ESPN has a great explanation.

Sources briefed on the situation told that the abrupt parting was triggered by the fact that Rosas — hired by the Mavericks to work in support of longtime president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson — wanted to be “in charge” of basketball operations. Concerns about how Rosas would fit into the Mavericks’ front-office structure in a supplementary role to Nelson, sources said, surfaced almost immediately after Rosas’ arrival in late July.

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

Sounds like Nelson wanted somebody else to do all the dirty work while he maintained all the power. Sounds like Rosas thought he’d actually have power. Somehow this was not all clearly communicated in the hiring process.

With Dallas, nothing really changes. The same power structure remains in place after the parting.

Rosas shouldn’t have much trouble finding another job in the league, he’s well respected and 35.

  1. davidly - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Or maybe Rosas was the source of that tanking report.

  2. orlandochamps - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:10 PM


  3. scottheis82 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    @ davidly,
    My thoughts exactly, but I’m no expert on the mavs moves and am not sure if they did the same one year contracts like they did last season to keep flexibility or if they brought a couple pieces in longer term that they think can compliment a rookie prospect.

  4. redbaronx - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    The Mavs….another team that should consider going “Full Philly”. Hey it’s a real term now!

  5. thomaskouns - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Do the math – advises them to sign Ellis for 10 mil per and Calderon at 31 years old and slow of foot for 4 years and 28mil.

    They get to camp and Cuban realizes he just took up 18 mil in cap space for these two.

    I live in the Bay Area and Mavericks fans will be very disappointed soon.

    • jjared1101 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      He did not advise them to sign them…. Rosas was introduced along with Ellis, Calderon and Dalambert at the same time. He was hired after they signed Calderon and Ellis.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      What does living in the Bay Area have to do with anything?

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