The NBA fined the Minnesota Timberwolves $25,000 Thursday for violating the league’s player resting policy, marking the first time the league has enforced the load-management rules put in place in 2017 and clarified in November.
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.
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