Page 2 of 2 Previous

Continued: Wolves ready to open camp, but without Budinger

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 28, 2013 - 12:36 AM

“I know the first thing I heard from people right away was, ‘Here we go again,’ ” Saunders said. “You need to understand something: In the NBA, in pro football, injuries are part of what our leagues are about. When you get great athletes with great abilities to jump 40 inches off the floor and land on one foot, you’re going to have some injuries. As organizations, what you try to do to minimize injuries is put a team together that has depth.”

With Budinger out, the Wolves still have Corey Brewer, Derrick Williams, rookie Shabazz Muhammad and power forward Dante Cunningham who can play that small-forward position. Training-camp invitees Robbie Hummel and Othyus Jeffers also will compete for a job at that spot.

Small forward is the only question mark in a Wolves starting lineup that has Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic set at the other four positions, and it was already that way before Budinger’s setback.

Now Brewer and Williams are the most likely candidates for that job.

“I said from the beginning our goal was balance our roster and when you do that, you gain depth,” Saunders said. “Maybe from Chase’s perspective and from ours it hurts a little bit, but it’s an opportunity for other players. It’s an opportunity for Corey, for Shabazz, for Derrick.

“You move forward as a group. We might be disappointed, but it doesn’t change where we’re going.”

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Kansas City - J. Guthrie 5:10 PM
Cleveland - T. Bauer
Toronto - D. Hutchison 5:10 PM
Boston - C. Buchholz
Chicago WSox 0 Postponed
Baltimore 0
Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi 6:05 PM
NY Yankees - C. Whitley
Washington - A. Cole 6:10 PM
Atlanta - J. Teheran
NY Mets - R. Montero 6:10 PM
Miami - D. Phelps
Milwaukee - K. Lohse 6:10 PM
Cincinnati - J. Cueto
Pittsburgh - J. Locke 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - T. Wood
Seattle - J. Happ 7:05 PM
Texas - R. Detwiler
Detroit - A. Sanchez 7:10 PM
Minnesota - M. Pelfrey
Philadelphia - S. Gonzalez 7:15 PM
St. Louis - M. Wacha
Colorado - K. Kendrick 8:40 PM
Arizona - A. Bradley
LA Angels - J. Weaver 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Gray
Houston - R. Hernandez 9:10 PM
San Diego - T. Ross
San Francisco - M. Bumgarner 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - C. Kershaw
Dallas 7:00 PM
Houston
San Antonio 9:30 PM
LA Clippers

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How will the Wild-Chicago series turn out?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close