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Chase Budinger | Guard/Forward

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/22/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 209
College: Arizona
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The Wolves have reportedly made Chase Budinger available in trade talks.
The Wolves are also said to be shopping Anthony Bennett, so this report isn't surprising. Budinger recently exercised his player option for the 2015-16 season for $5 million, but he likely won't draw a lot of interest from other teams. Budinger is a solid 3-point shooter and stepped up in a big way towards the end of the 2014-15 season, but his career has been slowed down by a couple of knee surgeries. Regardless of where he plays next season, Budinger likely won't be on the fantasy radar. Jun 24 - 9:40 AM

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Chase Budinger, who recently exercised his $5 million option for the 2015-16 season, said that his left knee hasn't felt better in years.

"The knee doesn't really cross my mind anymore," said Budinger. "It's been feeling great all year. I've had no problems with it at all." Budinger has had some tough luck with injuries over the past few years including a couple of knee surgeries, but he played a pivotal role down the stretch for the Wolves after the team was decimated by injuries. Budinger averaged 33 minutes per game in the final month of the season, but his role will take a massive hit when the Wolves return to full strength prior to next season. As of right now, Budinger shouldn't be considered in standard-league drafts.
Source: Fox Sports
May 10 - 11:19 AM

Chase Budinger will exercise his $5 million option for the 2015-16 season.

While Budinger did have a nice finish to his season, the 26-year-old probably wouldn't fetch more than $5 million per season in free agency. In 67 games this past season, he averaged 6.8 points, 3.0 boards and 1.0 assists. He'll likely have a smaller role next season.
Apr 29 - 6:16 PM

Chase Budinger will reportedly opt in to his contract with the Timberwolves next season, according to sources of Darren Wolfson.

Budinger has a player option worth $5 million for next season, and while he had a decent finish to the 2014-15 season, it's unlikely he'd be able to command such a salary on the open market. He'll be fighting for minutes with the likes of Kevin Martin, Shabazz Muhammad, and Andrew Wiggins next season, so he's not likely to become a reliable option in standard fantasy leagues.
Apr 28 - 6:34 PM

Chase Budinger (ankle) will not play on Wednesday.

It's a tough break for fantasy owners who have been riding Budinger over the past month, but Minnesota is wisely playing it safe with nothing at stake. Robbie Hummel and Lorenzo Brown will once again be pressed into heavy minutes.
Apr 15 - 6:53 PM

Chase Budinger (ankle) is doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder.

Not good. The Wolves will be lucky to have eight guys on their active roster tonight and it doesn't look like Budinger will be able to go. Check back a little closer to tip-off to confirm, but Budinger's impressive run could be over. Expect Robbie Hummel and Lorenzo Brown to see a lot of minutes tonight.
Apr 15 - 10:50 AM

Chase Budinger suffered an ankle injury on Monday and did not return, scoring 18 points on 4-of-7 shooting (1-of-2 from deep, 9-of-10 from the line) with eight rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.

He limped to the locker room under his own power. Budinger's leg twisted, so an ankle injury isn't the worst news. Robbie Hummel and Lorenzo Brown will play more without Budinger. We'll have to see if the Wolves push to get him back on the floor for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.
Apr 13 - 10:01 PM

Chase Budinger is starting in place of Kevin Martin on Monday.

It's usually Lorenzo Brown, but the Wolves will go with bigger lineup and have Brown back up Zach LaVine. Budinger is worth starting in all leagues.
Apr 13 - 8:17 PM

Chase Budinger played 36 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with 12 points, two boards, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

The Wolves ran a seven-man rotation and all seven logged at least 24 minutes. At best, the Wolves are likely only going to have an eight-man rotation in their final two games, so Budinger should get his minutes and shots. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
Apr 12 - 1:28 AM

Chase Budinger scored eight points on 3-of-10 shooting (no threes) with three rebounds and one assist in 32 minutes on Friday against the Lakers.

Budinger has been a top-50 play for a week or two and he should still be in most lineups. Kevin Martin (26 minutes, six points) isn't a picture of health and tonight looked like it was Andrew Wiggins' night to stand out for Rookie of the Year voters.
Apr 11 - 4:04 AM

Chase Budinger hit 5-of-12 shots and two 3-pointers off the bench for 12 points and five steals Wednesday.

Budinger has been a nice late-season pickup, averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five games, and looks like he'll finish out the season on a high note. Think about picking him up if you need a warm body.
Apr 9 - 1:03 AM

Chase Budinger scored 12 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

His usage rate took a nosedive tonight, which was expected with Kevin Martin making his return. Still, Budinger is going to be worth owning in standard leagues with that much playing time. Plus, the Wolves playing in four road games next week suggests a lot of guys will be out.
Apr 4 - 1:49 AM

Chase Budinger scored 14 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 5-of-11 shots (including two threes) with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes.

Sure, some folks could return and spoil things, but he looks like a guy that can hold significant minutes and provide late-round returns at a minimum. He has been much better than that lately and he should be owned in all standard formats.
Mar 31 - 2:02 AM

Chase Budinger scored 23 points against the Rockets on Friday with four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

He's basically the sixth man for the Wolves right now. The Wolves only had seven guys log more than 10 minutes for the second consecutive game, so being the sixth man is a pretty good gig. Budinger scored 22 points on Wednesday and is worth owning in standard leagues right now.
Mar 28 - 1:48 AM

Flip Saunders praised Chase Budinger's play and professionalism during a recent interview.

"He’s got his confidence," Saunders said. "He was able to stay with it. He was able to keep on playing through. Some guys, especially veterans, might have given up on it. Said, ‘This is kind of a lost season.’ But he kept on shooting, kept on working on his game. And when an opportunity came, he took advantage of it. He’s extremely professional." Budinger has excelled since being forced into the rotation due to a slew of injuries to Minnesota's roster, and over the past eight games he has put in averages of 12.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 three-pointers on 53.5 percent shooting. He's worth owning in all standard leagues while he's this hot.
Mar 27 - 9:50 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Zach LaVine
3Tyus Jones
4Lorenzo Brown
SG1Kevin Martin
2Chase Budinger
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Shabazz Muhammad
3Robbie Hummel
PF1Gorgui Dieng
2Anthony Bennett
3Adreian Payne
C1Nikola Pekovic
2Karl-Anthony Towns
3Justin Hamilton