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Keita Bates-Diop waits, watches and responds off the bench for the Timberwolves

Keita Bates-Diop ended his rookie season on a high note, a regular part of the Timberwolves rotation, getting about 20 minutes and scoring about 6½ points a game down the stretch last season.

So this season, when he found himself in the G League when the 2019-20 season started, he was understandably …

OK with it?

"I just went in with the mind-set to stay positive," Bates-Diop said.

To be fair, Bates-Diop had struggled with back spasms in the preseason and hadn't played much. So it was good, he said, to go somewhere early where he'd get reps and playing time.