The Minnesota Timberwolves named Joe Branch as the team’s assistant general manager.
Branch joins the Wolves front office from RocNation Sports where he was managing director of Basketball. With the Wolves, Branch will coordinate domestic draft efforts, lead the team’s player program initiatives and be fully involved with all player personnel matters.
“Joe is a talented individual with great experience and exciting potential, “said Timberwolves president of Basketball Operations, Gersson Rosas. “He brings a different perspective and skill set from his experiences as a player agent and sports executive which aligns with our philosophy of adding talent with diverse backgrounds to our front office. We look forward to him joining our front office staff and contributing at a high level.”
At RocNation Sports, Branch was instrumental in building the firm’s basketball management business and was involved in player representation. He recently negotiated contract extensions for Justise Winslow, NBA champion, Danny Green and Caris LeVert.
“I was drawn to what Gersson and Ryan are building here in Minnesota,” said Branch. “I’m impressed by the team culture and focus on player development and am committed to helping make our franchise one of the best in the NBA.”
Prior to RocNation Sports, Branch was a principal at Landmark Sports Group, which represented several NBA players. He also had basketball and operations roles at Nike and the NBA league office. Branch served as an adjunct lecturer at Long Island University-Brooklyn and was a part-time lecturer at Rice University.
Branch is also a founding partner of UWantGame Ventures, a student-athlete mentor program that works with underserved youth.