Minnesota Timberwolves' Chase Budinger answers questions during a news conference Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Minneapolis. Budinger was acquired from the Rockets on Tuesday for the 18th draft pick.
Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune
Budinger's work ethic will help, Adelman says
- Article by: JERRY ZGODA
- Star Tribune
- June 28, 2012 - 11:35 AM
The Timberwolves introduced newly acquired Chase Budinger on Wednesday at a Target Center news conference, an addition that reunites him with coach Rick Adelman and helps address but doesn't solve the team's search for a bigger backcourt and a true shooting guard.
"We need to keep looking to add," Adelman said.
Tuesday's trade that sent the 18th pick in Thursday's NBA draft to Houston for Budinger gives the Wolves a young, athletic three-point shooter who, at 6-7 and age 24, already has played three NBA seasons, two of them for Adelman with the Rockets, after being the 44th player selected in the 2009 draft.
"What I really liked about him is his work ethic: He proved people wrong," Adelman said. "He's going to really help our group because of those abilities he has, and I can just see his game getting better, too. There's a lot more he can do, and we're going to give him the opportunity to do that."
The Wolves traded away a draft pick's promise for a young, established player in a decision that president of basketball operations David Kahn called "quite simple."
"Frankly, with the 18th pick you're looking at maybe getting another 19-year-old player that you've got to wait for," Adelman said. "And we have too many like that. We need to get quality players."Back in?
Kahn said Wednesday there's a chance the Wolves make a trade to get back into the first round Thursday for one or two players they've targeted. They worked out Iowa State forward Royce White and Memphis guard Will Barton and brought Syracuse center Fab Melo in for an interview, but Kahn said it very well could be a player who hasn't visited.
"You can assume there will be other changes made," Kahn said. "How many, what type, that I can't clarify. But we're very active and I'm confident we'll be able to do some other things as well."Wolves talk to Roy
Kahn said he has talked to former Portland All-Star Brandon Roy and is interested in signing the shooting guard but said he didn't want to say any more than that.
Roy retired at age 27 last December because of knees that have little or no cartilage left, and the Blazers paid him the remaining $63 million on his contract after using their amnesty clause to get it off their salary-cap books.
He has been working out and is planning a comeback for this season. Chicago, Indiana, Golden State and Dallas also reportedly are interested in signing him.Decisions, decisions ...
The Wolves have until midnight Saturday to make Michael Beasley $8.1 million and Anthony Randolph $4 million qualifying offers and to pick up a $5.7 million team option on Martell Webster or buy him out of the final year of his contract for about $600,000.
Kahn said he has not made a decision on any of those matters yet.
If the Wolves don't extend the qualifying offers to Beasley and Randolph, both players will become unrestricted free agents on Sunday, unless either is traded by then.
The contracts of both Webster and Brad Miller could be used as trade chips on Thursday night for teams looking for salary-cap relief. Each has a $5 million-plus contract next season that can be bought out for less than $1 million.Etc.
• Kahn said he didn't know if Israeli forward Lior Eliyahu -- acquired along with Budinger in Tuesday's trade -- would play for the Wolves' Las Vegas Summer League team or if he had a chance of making next season's roster. "It wasn't the focal point of the trade, but it's a nice little add-on," he said of a 26-year-old player drafted by Orlando in the 2006 second round.
• Kahn denied the team is interested in signing free-agent Alexey Schved, a 6-6 shooting guard who played for CSKA Moscow last season. His agent said the Wolves are one of the teams pursuing his client. "I didn't know we had an interest," Kahn said.
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