Indiana wanted some depth and athleticism in the wing behind likely starters Monta Ellis and Paul George, so they went out and traded for it.
Indiana has acquired Chase Budinger from the Timberwolves in a trade, reports Adrian Wojnaorski of Yahoo Sports.
I like this deal better for the Timberwolves.
You may not recognize the name Damjan Rudez but here’s what you should know: The guy can shoot the rock. He’s a 6’10” Croation who can play the three or stretch four, and shot 40 percent from three as a rookie last year playing 15 minutes a night. While the Timberwolves have depth at the three and four slots — Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad, Kevin Garnett, Gorgui Dieng and others — you can never have enough shooting. Rudez is going to get some minutes and hit some buckets.
Budinger can shoot the ball, but he has lost some of his trademark athleticism after years of injuries, which limited him to 67 games last season. He averaged 6.8 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes a night when he did play, plus he shot almost 37 percent from three. That lack of athleticism has hurt Budinger’s defense as well in recent years.
However, near the end of the season (the last couple months) Budinger seemed to have some of his bounce back and with that was a pretty good player. In the final six weeks of the season, he averaged 12.3 points and shot 39 percent from three, playing 29 minutes a night. If that’s the guy the Pacers can get for an entire season this will be a good trade for them.
It’s just, with his injury history, it’s hard to bet on it.
It’s been common knowledge for a while that Kevin Garnett was going to re-sign with the Timberwolves, and he agreed to a deal earlier in the week. Now, the terms have become public, as reported by the Associated Press‘ Jon Krawczynski: $16 million over two years.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune previously reported that Garnett’s new deal would have a provision to allow him to move into a management role with the Wolves if he decided not to play the second season. He’s already 39, going into his 21st season, so the safe assumption is that this will be it. But Garnett is a competitive guy. If he feels like he has something left after this year, he could put off retirement a little longer.
It had been expected for some time now that Kevin Garnett would re-up to play with the Timberwolves next season.
But when the news became official and it turned out that the deal was for two years, it raised at least a few eyebrows.
Garnett only appeared in five games after being traded to Minnesota last year, and sat out his team’s final 21 contests, reportedly due to injury.
As he enters what will be a record 21st NBA season, it’s worth wondering whether Garnett will hold up physically in order to play a 22nd. But whether he does or he doesn’t, he’ll remain employed by the Timberwolves.
Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune:
Kevin Garnett will return for a 21st NBA season on a two-year contract, according to a league source with knowledge of an agreement that’s been considered mostly a formality for weeks.
Like the three-year deal the Wolves and Nemanja Bjelica agreed to, Garnett’s deal can be signed according to NBA rules starting on Thursday.
The agreement likely has a provision that Garnett will move into a managerial role with the team if he is not healthy enough to play the 2016-17 season.
Garnett eventually landing in the Timberwolves front office has always made some sense. He began his NBA career in Minnesota, and was considered the face of the franchise for 12 seasons. Even in merely an ambassador role, Garnett would be a welcome addition to the team’s operation once his playing days are done.
Kevin Garnett spent the first 12 years of his NBA career in Minnesota with the Timberwolves, and was traded back there in what was mostly a feel-good move by the franchise at the deadline last season.
Garnett appeared in just five games in total for the Timberwolves, and sat out the team’s final 21 games of the regular season.
He was always expected back, though, and met with several players as part of Minnesota’s pre-draft process. Garnett’s return now appears to be somewhat official.
Long expected to re-sign in Minnesota for at least another year at age 39, Garnett’s contract is “done,” according to 1500ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson.
Terms of the deal were not immediately known.
“I’m incredibly excited and rejuvenated to be a part of this talented, committed team,” Garnett said, in a statement passed along to Wolfson.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that it’ll be a two-year deal once the free agency moratorium is lifted later this week.
Garnett will likely act as a mentor for the team’s stable of young bigs, which includes a reigning Rookie of the Year in Andrew Wiggins, a former No. 1 overall pick in Anthony Bennett, and this summer’s top pick in the NBA Draft, Karl-Anthony Towns.
This will be Garnett’s 21st season, which ties him with Robert Parish and Kevin Willis for the most all-time in NBA history.
Doc Rivers filled a major hole on the Clippers, signing Paul Pierce.
Rivers, of course, coached Pierce with the Celtics. That didn’t make the signing any better, but it probably helped lure Pierce to Los Angeles (as did L.A. being Pierce’s native city).
Likewise, this wouldn’t be a good signing because Rivers coached Kendrick Perkins. This wouldn’t be a good signing at all.
Arash Markazi of ESPN:
Why stop at Perkins?
Kevin Garnett (who has yet to sign anything officially), Rajon Rondo (who’s talking with the Kings) and Ray Allen are also free agents. Get the whole band back together.
At least a few of those players – all but Perkins – would actually help the Clippers.
Perkins, 30, has struggled the last few years and has declined even within that span. He might have intangible and leadership value.
But the Clippers just lost a playoff series because their short bench caused them to ran out of gas. They still have major depth questions, and that’s the optimistic spin. They can’t afford to use a roster spot on Perkins, who’s so limited on the court.