Chase Budinger SF MIN 3 weeks ago

Budinger has exercised his player option for the 2015-2016 season to remain with the Timberwolves, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Budinger will earn $5MM to remain a member of the Timberwolves for at least one more season. The volume of injuries across Minnesota's roster late in the season allowed Budinger to fill a bigger role off the bench in the last two months of the season. He averaged 12.3 points over the last 21 games of the season.

Chase Budinger SF MIN 4 weeks ago

Budinger finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 6.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 19.2 minutes per game (67 games).

In his third year with the Timberwolves, Budinger was in and out of the rotation for the first few months of the season. His role seemed to change on a night-to-night basis, which likely impacted his ability to find a rhythm. His chance finally came late in the season when the Wolves encountered a number of key injuries. After seeing just 6.0 minutes per game in February, Budinger's workload jumped to 27.0 minutes in March and 33.9 in April. His numbers were impressive over that time, as he put up 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting just under 50 percent from the floor over the final 20 games of the season. Budinger's future with the Wolves is up in the air at this point, and he'll have a decision to make this summer facing a $5 million player option for the 2015-16 campaign.

Chase Budinger SF MIN 1 month ago

Budinger (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game.

Budinger rolled his ankle Monday, and it sounds like there was never much of a chance that he'd play in the season finale.

Chase Budinger SF MIN 1 month ago

Budinger (ankle) is doubtful to play Wednesday.

Budinger was initially listed as questionable, but he's been downgraded to doubtful, and it seems quite unlikely that he takes the court after spraining his ankle Monday.

Chase Budinger SF MIN 1 month ago

Budinger (ankle) is officially questionable for Wednesday's regular season finale against the Raptors.

Budinger sprained his ankle in Monday's game, but still managed to log 30 minutes in the contest. Given the large number of injuries the team is currently dealing with, he may be pushed into action if at all possible.

Chase Budinger SF MIN 1 month ago

Budinger sprained his ankle in Monday's game against the Pelicans.

Budinger managed to play for 30 minutes in Monday's game but should be considered day-to-day moving forward. Minnesota lost their opportunity to play in the playoffs a while back so it would be surprising if Budinger risks further injury to play in the season finale against the Thunder on Wednesday.

Chase Budinger SF MIN 2 months ago

Budinger posted 23 points and four rebounds in 29 minutes of action Friday against the Rockets.

Budinger is averaging 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.4 steals over the last five games. He's made the most of Kevin Martin (hamstring) sitting, but it's hard to imagine him playing this well when Martin returns. Still, he's worth an add in 14-man leagues.

Chase Budinger SF MIN 2 months ago

Budinger posted 22 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 40 minutes of action Wednesday against the Lakers.

Budinger made the most of Kevin Martin (hamstring) sitting, and was able to post a spectacular line. Still, he's not going to see 40 minutes a night moving forward, and his value is limited to 14-man leagues or deeper.

Chase Budinger SF MIN 2 months ago

Budinger scored 15 points (4-13 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT) with five assists, three rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes off the bench Monday.

The banged up 'Wolves have little choice but to give Budinger big minutes right now, and as a result he's managed to score in double digits in six straight games, averaging 13.7 points, 4.7 boards, 1.5 threes and 1.3 steals over that stretch. Until the team around him gets healthier, he'll have some value in the short term.

Chase Budinger SF MIN 2 months ago

Budinger scored 18 points with four rebounds in 26 minutes in Monday's loss to the Nets.

Budinger is getting significant minutes off the bench with five players sitting out with injuries or illness. He's played 19 or more minutes in three of the last four games. Budinger will likely head back to the bench when several players return, but he'll likely get significant minutes in the meantime.