The offseason is only a week old for the Minnesota Timberwolves. With the NBA Playoffs continuing, the Wolves will have plenty of time to get healthy as the front office prepares for free agency and the draft.
Even though next season is over five months away, fans of the team already have something to look forward to in the 2023-24 season. The NBA announced on Tuesday that it would continue its theme of playing select preseason games internationally by returning to Abu Dhabi, where they hosted two preseason contests in 2022.
The Minnesota Timberwolves were selected to play in these exclusive international preseason games. They will travel to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and face the Dallas Mavericks in exhibition matchups on October 5 and 7 at Etihad Arena on Yas Island. These games will take place one year after the NBA hosted their first set of games in the country last October.
The Minnesota Timberwolves’ selection is a huge honor from the league.
Getting selected to play in these one-of-a-kind games is a big privilege that the Timberwolves are fortunate to have extended to them by the NBA. Dating back to September of 1984, the league has hosted over 100 combined preseason and regular season NBA games across more than a dozen countries.
This will be Minnesota’s seventh time competing internationally in a preseason game, and their first time doing it since October of 2017 when they faced off with the Golden State Warriors in China. Wolves fans will be able to look forward to this added twist of excitement to begin next season.
The next time the Minnesota Timberwolves officially take the floor, they will do so in front of a crowd of 18,000 in Abu Dhabi. Locals and commuting fans will be able to welcome in the 2023-24 NBA season with a pair of duels between Anthony Edwards and Luka Doncic.