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Report: Chase Budinger reaches three-year deal to return to Minnesota


Chase Budinger is the kind of explosive wing player that the Timberwolves need, it’s just that last season he was injured for much of the campaign (knee surgery, he played just 23 games). Just like the rest of the roster.

But the value is still there and the Timberwolves realized it.

That’s why the two sides have agreed to a three year, $16 million deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (the third year is a player option).

The third year of the deal will be a player option, a source said. Budinger’s agent, Kevin Bradbury of BDA Sports, had been negotiating offers between the two most aggressive suitors, Minnesota and Milwaukee, over the past two days.

This is a good deal at about the going rate. Budinger’s athleticism is a great fit here, especially in transition with Ricky Rubio dishing the ball and Kevin Love making outlet passes.

Flip Saunders and Minnesota played this well, essentially putting offers for Budinger and J.J. Redick out there and seeing who would bite first.

Healthy these Timberwolves are a playoff team, but they have one glaring hole and that is a floor-spacing two guard. Redick is one option but there are others out there as well. However Minnesota was dead last in the league shooting 30.4 percent as a team from three last season and that number needs to go up.

Matt Barnes says he went to house because his son looked distressed

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So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.

The Knicks coach has deflected questions.

But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.

And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.

Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?

Gregg Popovich resting himself for Spurs game at Sacramento

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Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.

Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.

But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.

It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.