September 22, 2021 | 3:36 pm EDT Update
Dane Moore: For quite some time now there has been dissension in the Timberwolves front office and organization, sources say. Moving on from Gersson Rosas is not an out of the blue development. In a critical year, with new ownership, the Wolves decided to act now rather than delay.
Jeff Zillgitt: Statement from Timberwolves on dismissing Gersson Rosas: “Today, the Minnesota Timberwovles 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.”
The Chicago Bulls have exercised the fourth-year option on guard Coby White, and third-year option on forward Patrick Williams. By exercising their options, both players will be under contract with the Bulls for the 2022-23 season. White appeared in 69 games (54 starts) in 2020-21 and averaged 15.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 31.2 minutes per game.
Russell Westbrook is producing a documentary of which he’s the subject — a look at one of the NBA’s more private players through his own lens. “Passion Play: Russell Westbrook” will air at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 on Showtime. Westbrook previously produced “Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre,” which was nominated for an Emmy.
September 22, 2021 | 2:45 pm EDT Update
The Atlanta Hawks today announced the team has signed Johnny Hamilton, A.J. Lawson, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Jahlil Okafor. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed. Hamilton, a 7’0 center, played in 13 games last season with Fenerbahce in Turkey before being loaned to Mornar Bar (Montenegro) for the remainder of the season. He finished his college career at UT-Arlington in 2017-18 after two seasons at Jacksonville College and two at Virginia Tech. As a graduate student at UTA, Hamilton averaged 11.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in 23.4 minutes (.629 FG%, .664 FT%) in 34 contests (31 starts). Hamilton has also spent time with the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA G League and Darussafaka in Turkey.