The Timberwolves announced Sunday that forward Chase Budinger suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee after falling in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game in Chicago.
Budinger traveled with the team to Dallas on Saturday night, and he underwent an MRI Sunday that revealed the damage. His surgery will be scheduled for later this week, and the team will determine a timetable for his return afterward.
The meniscus is the disc that cushions the knee joint, which steadies the knee. Recovery times vary largely among patients. The Timberwolves' second-round draft pick, Robbie Hummel, tore his meniscus in Spain in early September and underwent surgery. He went on to make his debut with his Spanish team on Nov. 10.
Budinger is the fifth injured player on the Timberwolves roster; the team has lost a man in each game since Wednesday's win over Orlando. With Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love already out, J.J. Barea sprained his left foot Wednesday, and Brandon Roy has been d...