Some NBA franchises just attract star players. Realistically, it’s hard to think of a bigger advantage for an organization to have than that.
Unfortunately, others do not. There are a lot of factors that go into determining a team’s appeal. Market size, lifestyle, taxes, and even the weather are variables that players will consider.
The Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves both play in relatively small markets. Other than that, these two clubs could not be more different in regards to their ability to attract stars.
The Heat are a glamour destination. It’s been that way since they won their first championship in 2003. The Timberwolves, on the other hand, typically struggle to attract big-name players.
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Blame it on the weather if you have to. Either way, the Wolves just acquired Rudy Gobert. They’re gearing up for a big 2022-23 season.
Could they make a mutually beneficial deal with the Miami Heat?