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 Adel...