Mar 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Chase Budinger (10) looks on during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Target Center. The Wolves won 101-93. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Chase Budinger Getting Interesting

Common knowledge by now, but…

Timberwolves, Bucks, Pelicans show interest in Chase Budinger

Despite missing most of the season with surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee, Minnesota Timberwolves free-agent forward Chase Budinger is emerging as a significant target for several teams, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Chase Budinger missed most of last season with a knee injury. (USA Today Sports)The Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans have made his signing a priority, and several teams have secondary interest, including Utah, Indiana and Memphis, front-office sources told Y! Sports.

The T’wolves and Pelicans need his shooting, and plan to be aggressive suitors for Budinger, league sources said. Milwaukee has wavered on re-signing guard J.J. Redick, sources said, and Budinger could be a less-expensive, but efficient, alternative.

Once the Indiana Pacers come to terms with free-agent forward David West, Budinger is expected to be a priority to bolster their bench, sources said.

Budinger, 25, played his first three NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets before being traded to the Timberwolves for the 2012-13 season. After suffering the knee injury six games into the season, Budinger rehabilitated the injury and returned to the T’wolves’ lineup on March 21. He averaged 9.4 points in his shortened season.

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