Is Kevin Martin a backup because they're making preparations for Pekovic to be out a long time, and they can at least 'depend' (keyword) on Martin to score on the second unit, but can't yet depend on Lavine to score for the second unit on a game to game basis. He may get there this season, I suppose you never know, or the next couple years - but he'll throw up some **** games on the way there. Think Pek was planned to be very much a part of second team anyway because he's going to be on a big minute restriction from here on out in his career. Minny's bench will be bad again, but maybe not an atrocity this way. Defense would be same with KM vs. ZL on line two.
To be quite honest, I don't think anybody cares if the Wolves bench is relevant. All that matters is the development of Minny's Young Studs and coach will experiment with lineups that will benefit the rooks/ sophomores the best. Martin just seems to be in the way of that.