Well, that was fast.
Per ESPN's Marc Stein:
Just filed to ESPN: Mavericks and recent front-office addition Gersson Rosas are parting company after just three-plus months. More to come— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 29, 2013
More from Stein:
Sources close to situation tell ESPN that "fit" questions were raised almost immediately after Rosas' late-July arrival in DAL front office— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 29, 2013
You can read the full ESPN story here. Rosas, as you may recall, was hired just over three months ago out of the Houston Rockets' front office. At the time, it was seen as a step in the right direction for a Mavericks front office that has been called out the past few off-seasons on some questionable moves, bad drafts and big free agent misses.
The reaction has been pretty much the same across the board:
What is going on in Dallas?— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) October 29, 2013
I just learned that someone named Gersson Rosas exists— J. Doug Hatings (@basquiatball) October 29, 2013
Welp. Season hasn't even started yet and I've already found myself saying, "What the hell are we doing?" #Mavs— Jason Gallagher (@jga41agher) October 29, 2013
I think our own Kirk Henderson summed it up pretty well though:
I won't second guess a situation I know nothing about, but on the eve of the season opener, I feel disappointed.— Kirk Henderson (@KirkSeriousFace) October 29, 2013
As for me, turns out my Gin Blossoms "Follow You Down" dedication to the front office yesterday may have been a little more prophetic than I intended.
We'll update this story as more information becomes available.
A little more information coming out from ESPN's Marc Stein on this situation - it seems that there was something of a misunderstanding about Rosas's presumed front office role as his tenure began:
Sources tell ESPN trigger for Gersson Rosas' departure was Rosas' desire to head basketball operations in Dallas. Mavs brought him in (CONT)— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 29, 2013
Mavs brought Rosas in from Houston to inject new voice/ideas in supplementary role to longtime president of basketball ops Donnie Nelson— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 29, 2013
The obvious question, of course, is why Rosas's role wasn't defined BEFORE he was brought on board or what he was told or promised about his role alongside Donnie Nelson. We'll continue to update as more happens. In the meantime, check out our own Andrew Tobolowsky's immediate reaction to the news.