Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger is set to hit free agency at 12:01 a.m. ET and the buzz surrounding the former Arizona standout is that he could be attracting a lot of attention on the open market. Budinger missed most of last season while recovering from surgery for torn cartilage in his knee, but that has not caused teams to shy away.
The Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans have made his signing a priority, and several teams have secondary interest, including Utah, Indiana and Memphis, front-office sources told Y! Sports.
The T’wolves and Pelicans need his shooting, and plan to be aggressive suitors for Budinger, league sources said. Milwaukee has wavered on re-signing guard J.J. Redick, sources said, and Budinger could be a less-expensive, but efficient, alternative.
With all of the interest in Budinger, we could hear a lot of buzz surrounding his name as soon as the clock strikes midnight and free agency officially kicks off.
He may be a surprise top target for a number of teams, but Budinger is certainly one to watch.
Free agency kicks off just after midnight, so be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com throughout the free agency period as we keep you up to date with the latest news and rumors from around the league.