According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Flip Saunders and the Timberwolves are in the midst of shopping Chase Budinger. Several teams so far, according to Woj, have made their interest known, including the Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons.
According to a more recent report from Darren Wolfson, it looks as though the Indiana Pacers may also be interested in the small forward. Maybe they still think about this:
It’s hard to say what the Wolves would be trying to do here. On one hand, they could be simply trying to dump a roster spot to make room for both JJ Barea (who, reportedly, had a very good training camp) and second round pick Glen Robinson III. Or maybe they’re looking to add the defensive-minded power forward they’re currently lacking. It’s hard to say.
It’s also important to remember: just because Flip goes shopping doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to buy anything. If the market isn’t great for Budinger (which is a very real possibility), it may be in the Wolves’ best interest to just hold onto him.According to Budinger at media day, he’s as healthy as he’s been since his first injury. From the limited amount of exposure I’ve seen from him, he’s looked more confident on the floor, and his jumper is still there.
Maybe he’ll get traded, maybe he won’t. It’s a cop-out take, but it seems as though both possibilities are very real here.