Adrian Wojnarowski ("Woj") is reporting, citing league sources, the Minnesota Timberwolves are shopping Chase Budinger.
Yahoo Sources: Minnesota is shopping forward Chase Budinger on the market. http://t.co/tr9UgfL3IL— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 16, 2014
The Minnesota Timberwolves are shopping forward Chase Budinger in trade talks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Houston is reluctant to take on the $5 million player option on Budinger's deal in 2015-16, as are the Pistons, sources said. Nevertheless, the Pistons are taking a long look at Budinger and considering the possibility of making a deal. No trade is considered imminent for Budinger.
Budinger was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 2009, before immediately being traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for cash considerations and a future second round selection. He spent three years with the Rockets, where Budinger played under Rick Adelman ('09-'10, '10-'11) and Kevin McHale ('11-'12). On June 26th, 2012, he was traded with Lior Eliyahu to the Timberwolves for a 2012 1st round draft pick-- which was used by the Rockets to select Terrence Jones.
In his final season with the Rockets, Budinger shot three pointers at a 40 percent clip. He's a career 36 percent three point shooter. Budinger has never played a full season since entering the NBA.
Knowing him as a player familiar with Adelman's corner-offense, after appearing in only 23 games during the '12-'13 season, Flip Saunders signed Budinger to a three-year, $15 million dollar extension on July 12th, 2013.
After undergoing a procedure removing roughly one-quarter of the lateral meniscus in his right-knee, the Wolves hoped Budinger would be good to go for the '13-'14 season. Consequently, he reinjured the knee during training camp and required additional surgery. Budinger appeared in 41 games with the Timberwolves last season.
He is owed $5 million over this season and the next, although the third year of Budinger's contract is a player-option. He may opt-out and enter free agency at the end of the '14-'15 season if Budinger so chooses.
These are tweets from local beat writers.
Not only do Wolves have a glut at 3, as @WojYahooNBA notes, but they have 16 guaranteed deals. Exploring several avenues to address that— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) October 16, 2014
The Wolves, as most know, are loaded with wing players; Budinger, Corey Brewer, Andrew Wiggins, Robbie Hummel, Glenn Robinson III and Shabazz Muhammad. There are currently 16 players capable of making the final roster. There has been lots of speculation --moving Budinger, cutting Robinson III, or trading/buying-out JJ Barea-- on ways Minnesota could narrow the roster down to 15 before the regular season.
UPDATE, because I felt this is appropriate to add.
Wolves like what they've seen from Budinger in camp so far. But still want to see what a healthy Chase can do. Not ready to deal.— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) October 16, 2014