NBA Closing in on 2nd Bubble for 2019 Losers (Like the Timberwolves)

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Just so nobody feels left out, the NBA is apparently “closing in on a second bubble in Chicago” for the eight teams that sucked too much in 2019, to make the expanded return to play tournament in Orlando. Yes, that means our hometeam, Minnesota Timberwolves too.

Let’s consider, though, the teams that would be part of this “Return of the Losers”. Is this really something we want?

  1. Atlanta Hawks (20-47)
  2. Charlotte Hornets (23-42)
  3. Chicago Bulls (22-43)
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers (19-46)
  5. Detroit Pistons (20-46)
  6. Golden State Warriors (15-50)
  7. Minnesota Timberwolves (19-45)
  8. New York Knicks (21-45)

Pros and Cons

There are a few positives for the Timberwolves specifically, if this does end up happening. This would give them an opportunity to further develop the roster around Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell. Gersson Rosas was very active in retooling the roster this season. If the Wolves are to take a leap and join the upper tier of the NBA, they need to figure out who can play and who can’t.

The Wolves would also be stacked up against competition they actually have a chance against. As currently constructed, they aren’t going to match up with any of the teams in Orlando. Therefore, the games should be more watchable and competitive vs the rest of the NBA’s bottom-dwellers.

One major con, is the health of Towns and Russell. If the games aren’t going to matter, is there a point to having those two play? This is especially important with KAT, considering COVID-19 has already claimed his mother. Would he be comfortable with a return?

Not a Done Deal Yet

There is work yet to be done, if this 8-team return is even going to come to fruition. From a purely developmental standpoint, this could be a good thing for the Timberwolves. That still doesn’t mean it’s the right thing, especially without anything of value on the line (like there is in Orlando).

We’ll have more on this story as it unfolds.

Seth Toupal | Minnesota Sports Fan

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