MINNEAPOLIS -- The struggling Timberwolves franchise is still trying to bounce back from the Kevin Garnett era. At 14 wins all this season, many fans are chosing to spend their money elsewhere.
The team has a mountain to climb.
"Obviously winning 14 games in a season, that's as challenging it's going to get," Team President Chris Wright said.
Attendance is down and player morale could be better.
"Moral is somewhat down," Timberwolves player Kevin Love said. "But at the same time we see the light at the end of the tunnel, we know it's a rebuilding stage, it's an upswing, it has to get worse before it gets better."
Wright and his front office team have done extensive research and are listening to consumers.
"We're interested in building home court advantage for our team, we want this to be a difficult building for opponents to play in," Wright said.
The Timberwolves have the deal of the decade now available for fans. Season tickets are 50 percent off. In fact, the best deal could be the $10 lower level seats up for grabs. The deal ends April 1st.
"If you go above the tree line, which are the green seats, there are 1,200 seats available being priced at $10 each," Wright said. "You can buy a season ticket for $430."
The promotion is to get the lower level sold out. The team has already sold 850 season tickets in three weeks. That is more than the total number of season tickets sold all of last year.
"We have a ten month payment plan, you can write a $43 check for ten months and have a season ticket inside Target Center," Wright said.
Tickets are selling fast all over the lower part of the arena.
"It's been unbelievable, people have seen it as a market correction, they like the affordability and the value we've developed," Wright said.
The Timberwolves still have a major challenge ahead. They labeled these times as a rebuilding process which could take two to three years to fight through.
"It's been tough without the attendence here," Love said. "When you have a big crowd here, it helps you at the end of the games, it helps regain momentum."
From ticket sales, to the upcoming NBA lottery draft, things are already looking up for the franchise.
Their newest promotion, which has yet to be officially announced, is called "Pay to Pick." That means whichever lottery selection the Timberwolves receive, which could vary from first to even fifth, some upper level season tickets will be sold at that price. For example, if the Timberwolves get the first overall pick, some season tickets will be $1.00 each.
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