Dane Moore: All Timberwolves players (other than Malik Beasley) are active to play in tonight’s second game of a back-to-back. No rest shenanigans from the Wolves against a tanking Rockets team, who just shut down John Wall for the season and only had 8 active players in their last game.
Rival executives believe only one team, the Thunder, entered this season with the clear intention of being bad. The rest of the sub-.400 teams were, at some point, trying to win, but were undermined by injuries (Magic, Timberwolves), trade demands (Rockets) or just poor roster construction (Cavaliers).
Salman Ali: Rafael Stone on the OKC-HOU pick swap this season: “To date, it really honestly hasn’t [effected decision making]… On a going forward basis, it probably won’t a lot… The pick kind of is what it is. We don’t really want to be a team that has to depend on being bad.”