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Timberwolves fined over Miami pre-season practice

/ 04:20 PM November 16, 2021
Karl-Anthony Towns #32 and D'Angelo Russell #0 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game against the Houston Rockets at Target Center on October 20, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

FILE–Karl-Anthony Towns #32 and D’Angelo Russell #0 of the Minnesota Timberwolve. Harrison Barden/Getty Images/AFP 

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been fined $250,000 by the NBA after holding a pre-season training camp in Miami, the league said Monday.

The Timberwolves visited Miami in September for events which included a party at new minority owner Alex Rodriguez’s mansion.

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But the trip to Florida came with a hefty price tag, with the team in violation of NBA rules which prohibit clubs staging offseason practices and workouts outside a team’s home market.

US media reports have said the trip was paid for by former major league baseball star Rodriguez and business partner Marc Lore.

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Rodriguez and Lore joined the Timberwolves ownership group earlier this year in a deal worth $1.5 billion.

The duo are expected to take over full control of the team from long-time owner Glen Taylor in 2023.

The Timberwolves have made a slow start to the season, with four wins and eight defeats leaving them 12th in the Western Conference standings.

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