By JULIE TAKAHASHI, SportsRadio 610

Houston (CBS Houston)- Houston Rockets VP of basketball operations Gersson Rosas was named today as the new General Manager of the Dallas Mavericks.

Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey said, “I always knew this day would come as Gersson has been the key to our success on player evaluation for many years now and an integral part of getting us back to contender status. This a great hire for the Dallas Mavericks, I really wish he was going to a different team than our Southwest rivals,” said Morey. “Most folks may not know, but in addition to all his efforts with the Rockets, Gersson captured two D-League championships and reached the D-League Finals in three of his four seasons as the General Manager for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He also somehow pulled off more and better trades than we did at the Rockets. Both of his head coaches have moved on to become NBA assistants and he has had two NBA D-League Most Valuable Players. He will be missed as a colleague and friend.”

Gersson Rosas’ last big move was this summer, as he helped Houston Rocket’s general manager Daryl Morey land free-agent center Dwight Howard. He began his career as a video coordinator and scout, and rising to executive vice president of basketball operations. Then spent time at the NBA’s Summer League scouting players. As part of his role as executive vice president in Houston, he was also the general manager of the D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers, who have won two titles in the past four seasons and reached a third league finals.

Rosas, 35, is a native of Bogota, Columbia, and has a coaching history at the University of Houston and with the Venezuelan national team. Rosas is considered one of the NBA’s best young executives.

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi


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