The Timberwolves were struggling through a significantly difficult 2019-20 season even before the coronavirus pandemic caused the entire league to postpone play indefinitely, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune’s Sid Hartman.
The Wolves’ average home attendance count of 15,066 ranked them last in the NBA. Their 19-47 record places them at No. 14 in the Western Conference. After the team made a series of deadline trades, including the transaction that moved swing man Andrew Wiggins‘ contract to the Warriors in exchange for point guard D’Angelo Russell, President of Basketball Operations Gerson Rosas stressed the importance of game play for building chemistry for the new-look Wolves.
“Those [remaining] games are critically important to us,” Rosas said. “I’ve said it from the beginning, this year is about building identity. It’s building chemistry, building habits, and it is painful. These first 50 games, it was painful to go through the growing pains.” The truncation of the team’s final 18 games impeded that.
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