Latest Grizzlies news may open several opportunities for Timberwolves

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Sometimes in life, when it rains, it pours. The Minnesota Timberwolves know all about that characteristic of adversity. Now, it appears that the Memphis Grizzlies are about to take their lumps this season. We know that the Grizzlies will open their 2023-24 NBA season without their star point guard, Ja Morant.

If you didn’t recall, Ja Morant will serve out a 25-game suspension to open the Grizzlies 2023-24 NBA season.  That suspension will keep him out of the Memphis Grizzlies lineup through December 21, 2023.  As a result, he will not compete against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, November 26, 2023.

But now the other shoe has just dropped for the Memphis Grizzlies and it comes in the form of season-ending surgery for Grizzlies center Steven Adams.

Even facing the suspension of young NBA sensation Ja Morant, the Memphis Grizzlies remained one of the highest projected teams for the 2023-24 NBA season. In many projections, they are projected to be the runner-up at the end of this season to the defending NBA Champions, the Denver Nuggets. With this latest news, that second seed is absolutely up in the air, and that could bode very well for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

As a side note, the injury to Grizzlies center Steven Adams shrinks the supply and increases the demand for solid NBA centers this season. If the Minnesota Timberwolves had any interest in entertaining offers for veteran All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, this would certainly drive up the interest and the price. While I wouldn’t consider the Memphis Grizzlies to be a team that will throw their hat into the KAT sweepstakes, they most certainly will try to acquire a center that could be targeted by teams that would.

This is a rapidly developing situation. Stay tuned.

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