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NBA: Timberwolves announce preseason schedule

MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday announced the team's 2017 preseason schedule.

They will play three exhibition contests, including participating in two games as part of the previously announced NBA Global Games China: Oct. 5 at Shenzhen Universiade Center in Shenzen and Oct. 8 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, both vs. the Golden State Warriors. The Wolves will serve as the road team in Shenzen and the home team in Shanghai.

The games in China mark the first games ever played by the Wolves in that country and the first trip to Asia since the team played in Japan in 1999. It will be the Wolves' ninth and 10th international games overall.

The Wolves open their preseason schedule by taking on the Los Angeles Lakers at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., Sept. 30.

NBA Global Games China highlights the growth of the Timberwolves' presence in China. In May 2016, the Timberwolves became the first team of any major U.S. sports league to add a Chinese minority owner, Lizhang (John) Jiang.

In recent years, Timberwolves players Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns made marketing trips to China as part of their shoe endorsements.

Last November, the team announced the addition of China-based TCL, the fastest growing TV brand in North America, as a Founding Partner.