The Minnesota Timberwolves went all-in over the summer, sending up to five first-round picks to the Utah Jazz to get three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert to team with superstar Karl-Anthony Towns. On Thursday night, the Timberwolves visit the Los Angeles Lakers, who missed the playoffs last season as injuries undermined the much-hyped trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. The Lakers fired coach Frank Vogel, who led the team to a championship in 2020, and brought in highly regarded veteran assistant coach Darvin Ham from the Milwaukee Bucks to take over the reins. The big three remains, but with a very different supporting cast.
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L.A. moved on from veterans Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Wayne Ellington, Avery Bradley and Kent Bazemore to get younger off the bench. The Lakers did add veteran Patrick Beverley to the backcourt and signed Dennis Schröder, Damian Jones, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Troy Brown Jr., Lonnie Walker IV and Thomas Bryant in an extreme role-player makeover.
Minnesota opened its preseason on Tuesday with a 121-111 win at Miami. With Gobert, Towns and D’Angelo Russell in street clothes, Anthony Edwards pumped in 24 points and Taurean Prince added 19 off the bench.
Los Angeles fell to 0-2 in the preseason with a 119-115 loss to the Suns on Wednesday night. James dropped in 23 points in 17 minutes while Kendrick Nunn, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, added 21 points in just 19 minutes of action.
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