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 else. But Minnesota wanted him, he wanted Minnesota, and the sides reached an agreement early in the process -- the second full day of negotiations, to be exact.
"I obviously wanted to come back to Minnesota and play for coach (Rick) Adelman," Budinger said during a conference call with media Saturday morning. "Being able to choose that was a blessing. I was able to relax after that.
Even if it meant turning down a more lucrative contract for more than the three-year, 16 million one he signed Friday. Several teams showed up on Budinger's San Diego doorstep when free agency began late July 1, and one enticed h...