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Adam Sandler film shoot forces Juancho Hernangomez to miss Timberwolves’ workouts

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The Minnesota Timberwolves were not invited to the NBA Bubble for the restart of the season, but the Wolves are already holding team workouts to prepare for next season. One player who won’t be present at the team facilities, however, is forward Juancho Hernangomez.  

According to Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Hernangomez will miss the team’s voluntary workouts for two weeks to film a movie. The 24-year old Spaniard will instead be on set in Philadelphia for “Hustle,” a film starring Adam Sandler and produced by LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment Company, which is joining forces with Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions for the project. The film’s plot centers on a basketball scout who looks for talent overseas before discovering a once in a lifetime player. 

Timberwolves president Gersson Rosas, according to Hine, clarified that Hernangomez was attached to the project before he knew that the NBA would allow team workouts for the eight teams that did not make the playoffs or get invited to Disney World for the season’s restart. 

Hernangomez, who was drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the 15th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and spent almost four seasons with the team before being dealt to Minnesota in February, is set to become a free agent this offseason. The Timberwolves, however, have the option to make him a restricted free agent. He averaged 12.9 points on 45.3 percent shooting from the field and 42 percent from beyond the arc to go with 7.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 14 games for Minnesota after being traded from the Nuggets.