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Report: Chase Budinger reaches three-year deal to return to Minnesota

Jul 2, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

Chase Budinger, Taj Gibson AP

Chase Budinger is the kind of explosive wing player that the Timberwolves need, it’s just that last season he was injured for much of the campaign (knee surgery, he played just 23 games). Just like the rest of the roster.

But the value is still there and the Timberwolves realized it.

That’s why the two sides have agreed to a three year, $16 million deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (the third year is a player option).

The third year of the deal will be a player option, a source said. Budinger’s agent, Kevin Bradbury of BDA Sports, had been negotiating offers between the two most aggressive suitors, Minnesota and Milwaukee, over the past two days.

This is a good deal at about the going rate. Budinger’s athleticism is a great fit here, especially in transition with Ricky Rubio dishing the ball and Kevin Love making outlet passes.

Flip Saunders and Minnesota played this well, essentially putting offers for Budinger and J.J. Redick out there and seeing who would bite first.

Healthy these Timberwolves are a playoff team, but they have one glaring hole and that is a floor-spacing two guard. Redick is one option but there are others out there as well. However Minnesota was dead last in the league shooting 30.4 percent as a team from three last season and that number needs to go up.

  1. homegrowntalentmn - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Good job flip. Get pek signed now!

  2. saint1997 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    I swear they only want white guys

  3. realballer80 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    @saint1997- Those white guys your talking about…. They are BALLIN SON respect the game if healthy expect a mid level seed in the playoffs.

  4. sportsnut101 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Thx ak 47 for a cheaper version of u lol

    If wolves don’t make playoffs this yr. trade love

  5. kotapug - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    And what is wrong with talented white guys ? Yes let’s sign less talented black guys just so we can fit the today’s profile of a nba team I

  6. scottieplongballs - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    I like him him but we need a lot more. He is more of an off the bench player.

  7. skinsfanwill - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    This guy is an overrated bum. Derrick Williams is a waaaaaay better player. White or black, he is just not that good. What the heck are you people seeing in him? Give me Tobias Harris all day over this bum.

    • skinsfanwill - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      Highlights do not win playoff games. This team needs some people who can play defense. Period!!!!

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