The Timberwolves were not invited to Orlando to play out the remainder of the NBA season. But they will get some time together.
The NBA and NBA Players Association announced an agreement Tuesday to allow the eight teams that didn’t participate in Orlando to hold voluntary group workouts in “campus-like settings” from Sept. 14-Oct. 6.
Included in the agreement are “comprehensive health and safety protocols.” The first week of the program will feature voluntary individual workouts, while the final two weeks can consist of group training activities that can include practices and scrimmages.
Teams must supply private living accommodations for participating players and staff, and everyone involved in the workouts must remain on the “campus.” That’s easy for the Timberwolves, whose Mayo Clinic Square practice facility is an elevator ride away from the Loews Hotel in Minneapolis.
The Timberwolves can include all of their players currently under contract in the “camp,” as well as up to five G-League players who spent this season in Iowa. How many Timberwolves make the trip to Minnesota to participate in the workouts remains to be seen.
The time together is particularly valuable for Minnesota, which swapped out much of its team at the trade deadline and needs on-court time to build familiarity and see how its pieces fit together on the floor.
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