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.
Among talks with several teams, the Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets have shown an interest, league sources said.
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.
I see Woj has #Twolves shopping Chase. Had dug on this yesterday. Didn't sound like it has enough legs yet. Would add Pacers to his list.— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) October 16, 2014
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