The NBA fined the Minnesota Timberwolves $25,000 Thursday for violating the league’s player resting policy, the league announced.
The violation occurred when the Timberwolves rested D’Angelo Russell — a healthy player under the policy — during Sunday’s road game against the Nuggets in Denver, the league said.
The resting policy limits teams from sitting healthy players in “high-profile” nationally televised games. Sunday’s game was on NBA TV. The policy requires that teams rest players only when they are home, unless there are unusual circumstances.
The Wolves said in a statement that they accepted the fine but noted: “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.”