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Chase Budinger | Guard/Forward

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/22/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 209
College: Arizona
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Wolves coach Flip Saunders suggested that he will play Chase Budinger as a stretch-PF at times this season.
Budinger faces stiff competition at both forward spots from Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young, Anthony Bennett, Corey Brewer and Shabazz Muhammad. Even if Budinger does earn some minutes at PF behind Young, his trickle of 3-pointers won't be enough to justify owning him in standard fantasy leagues. Sep 28 - 8:04 PM

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Chase Budinger (knee, ankle) has been fully cleared for Monday's training camp with the Wolves.

It's a three-day session for Budinger, who missed the last six games of the season due to injury. Budinger had a knee issue earlier in the season and it kept his minutes down to a career-low 18.3 per game. If the Wolves do unload Kevin Love, Buds could be looking at some more shots from the perimeter.
Jul 4 - 3:07 PM

Chase Budinger (ankle) is out for Friday's game against the Rockets.

Budinger is once again missing an opportunity to put something positive on tape with Kevin Martin (foot) sidelined. Look for Robbie Hummel to start.
Apr 11 - 11:02 AM

Chase Budinger (ankle) will not play against the Bulls on Wednesday.

He suffered an ankle sprain over the weekend and it's too bad because the Wolves are down to the bottom of the barrel for wings. With all of there guys out, Robbie Hummel should start and see all the minutes he can handle. Quite frankly, he's not that great, so he's only a low-end play.
Apr 9 - 7:00 PM

Chase Budinger's sprained ankle will sideline him on Tuesday and coach Rick Adelman doesn't expect him to play again this season.

Budinger was starting with Kevin Martin (heel) out of commission, but he hurt himself just one minute into Saturday's game. Robbie Hummel may assume the starting role as a consequence, and he's worth a look if you need a cheap source of points and 3-pointers.
Apr 7 - 1:55 PM

Chase Budinger suffered a sprained right ankle against the Magic on Saturday.

He limped to the locker room under his own power and is questionable to return. The Wolves are already very shorthanded tonight and will likely have to lean on J.J. Barea and Corey Brewer even more.
Apr 5 - 7:26 PM

Chase Budinger scored 24 points on 7-of-9 shooting (including five threes) with four rebounds, four assists and two steals in Friday's double-overtime win.

Budinger hasn't done anything of consequence this season so owners should view this line skeptically, but it could also signal that he's ready to produce in a bench role, especially if the Wolves start sitting guys. We're also concerned about his ability to handle a back-to-back on Saturday against the Magic, so he's more a guy to watch than add after this performance.
Apr 5 - 12:35 AM

Chase Budinger admitted that he's been frustrated during a "very challenging, very grueling" recovery from multiple knee surgeries.

His struggles are evident in his 38.5 percent shooting this season, which has allowed Corey Brewer to keep his spot as the Wolves' starting SF. "Next year is where you'll see where he’s really at," said coach Rick Adelman. "He just needs a whole summer to rehab without any other setbacks." Given Budinger's injuries and limitations this season, fantasy owners should approach him warily during fantasy drafts next year.
Apr 2 - 12:41 PM

Chase Budinger played just 14 minutes and played six points on Saturday.

Kevin Martin returned to action tonight and it hurt Budinger's minutes quite a bit. If you've been rolling with Budinger in Martin's absence, it's time to hit the waiver wire and find a better option.
Mar 2 - 12:40 AM

Chase Budinger scored five points with two boards, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

He hit only one 3-pointer and shot 2-of-8 tonight. Budinger's minutes have been at least 27 in each of his last four games, but Kevin Martin's evaluation on Friday will serve as an expiration date for owners in most leagues. If there's a hot free agent from the deadline, he's certainly on the chopping block.
Feb 20 - 12:58 AM

The Grizzlies are discussing a deal with the Timberwolves centered around Chase Budinger and J.J. Barea.

The Grizzlies would like to include Tayshaun Prince and may also include Tony Allen. The Grizzlies have been wanting to add some perimeter shooting and Prince isn't really needed much more for defense with the emergence of James Johnson. None of these players would see much more playing time than they're currently receiving, so there's little reason to pick them up.
Feb 17 - 7:56 PM

Chase Budinger started again for injured Kevin Martin (thumb) and had 12 points, two steals and three 3-pointers on 4-of-13 shooting.

The shooting wasn't great, but he played 27 minutes and is averaging 15 points, four rebounds, one steal and more than two 3-pointers in his last three games. As long as Martin is out, Budinger is worth a look in all formats.
Feb 13 - 1:29 AM

Chase Budinger said that his conditioning and health have improved, and he's averaging 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in the past two games.

"I feel like my legs are starting to come back, wind is getting a little better and I’m just happy that I’m seeing improvements each week," said Budinger, who missed the start of the season following knee surgery. He was thrust into a bigger role when Kevin Martin broke his thumb this week, and Budinger's scoring and 3-point shooting should be on fantasy owners' radars with K-Mart likely to miss games after the All-Star break.
Feb 11 - 6:57 PM

Chase Budinger started for Kevin Martin (broken thumb) and scored 15 points in 28 minutes against the Rockets on Monday with seven boards and one 3-pointer.

He shot 5-of-14 from the field and surprising attempted 11 shots from inside the arc. Budinger getting so many minutes and shots with Kevin Love back speaks louder than his 19-point game on Monday, so he's worth a look for owners seeking 3-pointers. Especially if he continues to start for Martin, who is out indefinitely.
Feb 10 - 11:45 PM

Chase Budinger played 29 minutes in a start in place of Kevin Martin (thumb) on Saturday, scoring a season-high 19 points with five boards, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

The Wolves really needed a guy to space the floor tonight with Kevin Love (quad) out and Budinger was the solution. He scored 22 points combined over his previous six games, so tonight's output is certainly a big surprise. Budinger has been hot before and could be worth a look, but there's almost no way he'll have many more nights like this one. We'd feel a lot better about picking him up with Love in the lineup.
Feb 8 - 11:31 PM