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MINNNEAPOLIS -- It's merely a formality, but Chase Budinger surely can rest a bit easier tonight.
After celebrating his agreement to stay with the Minnesota Timberwolves back on July 2, the unrestricted free-agent small forward made it official Friday. The team announced it's signed him to an undisclosed salary, though media reports say he'll make 16 million over three years, with a player option on the third year of his contract.
Budinger has been in the Twin Cities for a few days, seen milling around the Timberwolves' summer league practices. He was one of the first items checked off Minnesota's 2013 free agency checklist, discussing options with a couple other teams but quickly deciding he wants to stick around.
Missing all but 23 games last season with a knee injury that required surgery, the 6-foot-7, 218-pound Arizona product scored 9.4 points per game in the last year of his rookie contract after being traded from Houston. Budinger's amicable relationship with coach Rick Adelman and his system is well-noted, dating back to their days together in Houston.
Budinger's second season there, he shot 40.2 percent from 3-point range. The Timberwolves hope the fully healthy version of him can replicate that performance and help them improve on their league-worst outside shooting percentage of a year ago.
It's likely Budinger will start at the wing opposite Martin, whom Minnesota announced yesterday was on his way to town as part of a three-team, sign-and-trade transaction. Those two also spent 1 12 seasons together with the Rockets under Adelman.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The sharp and savvy swing man, returning to a Target Center near you.
He hates being late. He keeps that California sun-bleached hair tidy. He speaks well, shoots well, and is coming back as part of the Timberwolves' revamped roster.
It wasn't a given that Chase Budinger would emerge from unrestricted free agency without requiring a new-home search somewhere...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Directing traffic and slicing through frontcourt double teams inside the Target Center Lifetime Fitness center Wednesday afternoon, Alexey Shved gave off every impression of a seasoned NBA veteran.
Relative to most of his current workout buddies, the Timberwolves guard fits that description.
But it was just four months ago that an overused Shved trudged wearily out...
LAS VEGAS -- Climb up through the lower bowl of the Thomas & Mack Center at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, and every audible conversation is about one 20-year-old rookie in electric yellow shoes.
"He played at UCLA."
"... the one who lied about his age."
"... in high school here in Vegas."
"How do you pronounce it? Shabaaazz? Shabaaahhhzz...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrei Kirilenko won't leave the Twin Cities many signature moments to remember him by, but that isn't because the veteran small forward didn't make a difference during his one season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The man nicknamed after a gun just operates more like an M-16 than a bazooka.
The guy they call AK-47 takes a knack for steady, persistent...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Welcome back to the start.
When the Target Center emptied for a final time during the 2012-13 season April 17, the needs for the team sauntering off the floor were readily apparent.
Get healthy. Get bigger. Get deeper. Get shooting. Get defense.
Get better. Much, much better.
Since then, a front-office regime change has brought an aggressive roster-building approach...
AK-47 must have really wanted to get out of Minnesota.
After opting out of a $10 million salary with Minnesota, Kirilenko will get the Nets mini-mid level of $3.1 million, per source.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- For the rare NBA diehard in Minneapolis who considers three weeks without pro hoops a purgatorial layoff, it's a midsummer oasis in Vegas.
For the more casual observer, it's a first glimpse into top draft picks' outlook at the next level.
For 13 men who, for at least the next 10 days, will wear matching Minnesota uniforms, it's a proving ground.
The Nets have been busy this offseason, and they’ve added one more name to the list of new talent – Andrei Kirilenko.
Brooklyn reached a deal with the former Timberwolves forward on a two-year, mini-mid-level exception, according to The New York Post. Kirilenko will now make $3.18 million next season, a surprising pay cut seeing as he opted out of the final year of his contract...
Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders told reporters Friday that assistant Bill Bayno has agreed to join the Toronto Raptors staff.
Bayno, 51, had worked under Rick Adelman since the Timberwolves' head coach was hired in 2011. Bayno now joins Dwane Casey's staff in Canada, where he's expected to concentrate primarily on defense.
Andrei Kirilenko didn't land a lucrative, long-term deal, but he will join a franchise with zero fear of taking on an extreme financial burden.
According to Kirilenko's agent, Marc Fleisher, the Minnesota Timberwolves small forward of exactly one season will sign with the spendthrift Brooklyn Nets. The 11-year pro opted out of the second year of his contract in Minneapolis...
The Minnesota Timberwolves and veteran power forward Ronny Turiaf have agreed to a two-year, $3.2 million contract.
Turiaf's agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the deal in a phone interview on Thursday night. Bartelstein said Turiaf was encouraged by the direction of the franchise under new boss Flip Saunders and excited by the style of play used by coach Rick Adelman.