The Minnesota Timberwolves received a penalty from the NBA with a price tag of $25,000 for resting a healthy D’Angelo Russell.
The Timberwolves decided to rest the 24-years-old guard as they listed him as out for “planned rest” when they faced the Denver Nuggets last February 23.
The franchise accepted the penalty and they posted their statement via their Twitter official page.
The Minnesota Timberwolves accept the league’s fine for resting D’Angelo Russell on the February 23 game versus Denver. While we respect the league’s guidelines and standards, we are a player-centric organization that’s focused on learning and optimizing our players’ bodies. As a new player in our program, we chose to rest D’Angelo in order to learn his body better and to optimize his health during a difficult stretch of games and travel.
Minnesota currently sits at the number 14th place in the Western Conference. Russell got acquired by the Timberwolves via trade during the trade deadline early this month.