Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 6/26/12
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MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade the No. 18 overall pick in Thursday's draft to the Houston Rockets for Chase Budinger and the rights to Lior Eliyahu, according to a league source. Budinger, a small forward, has spent his entire career with the Rockets after being traded to Houston on draft night in 2009 from Detroit. He was the 44th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Arizona. In three seasons in Houston, he's averaged 9.4 points and 3.4 points, playing the majority of his games off the bench. He is known for his 3-point shooting (40.2 percent last season) and dunking ability (having participated in the 2012 NBA slam dunk contest). The 3-point shooting would be a particular draw for the Wolves, who struggled in that area last season. Eliyahu, a forward, was drafted by the Magic as the 44th overall pick in 2006 and later traded to the Rockets for cash. He's never played in the NBA, but the Rockets retain his draft rights. He spent the 2011-12 season w...
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