DALLAS -– Turmoil struck the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday as a surprising change near the top of the team’s executive charts took place a day before the Mavs were anxiously preparing to open the regular season.
In a stunning move that totally came out of left field, Gersson Rosas, the Mavs' recently-hired and highly touted general manager resigned from the job he's held for less than three months. A source said Rosas wanted more influence on the team than he had and that he ultimately didn’t fit in with the direction owner Mark Cuban and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson wants to take the Mavs.
“I think (Rosas) got the impression that he was going to have more power and more say-so, and I guess Cuban and Donnie wouldn’t budge on it,’’ the source said. “(Rosas) wasn’t at the office (Monday) and he wasn’t at the luncheon (Monday), so I thought that was interesting.’’
Rosas did not attend the Mavs’ tipoff luncheon Monday. That event was attended by Cuban, Nelson, coach Rick Carlisle and his staff, the players, other front office personnel and some season ticket holders.
“I made the personal decision to resign as general manager of the Dallas Mavericks after determining that the position was not the best fit for me at this point in my career,” Rosas said in a statement released by the Mavs. “The decision was made solely by me, as I firmly believe this change is in my best interest.”
After Rosas was officially hired on Aug. 1, the Mavs told the media that he would be working under and reporting to Nelson, who had also served as the team’s general manager before Rosas was hired. But the source said the Mavs became worried how Rosas would fit into their structure if he
wasn’t going to have a large voice in player personnel and other basketball
“You say you want change,’’ the source said of the Mavs. “But obviously you don’t.’’
Rosas, 35, was only on the job with the Mavs for 90 days after he was hired away from the Houston Rockets. At the time of Rosas’ hiring, the Mavs top brass were boasting about how they were able to get one of the young rising superstar executives in the NBA on their team.
But the marriage between Rosas and the Mavs turned out to be shorter than some Hollywood
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