Apr 6, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Chase Budinger (10) looks on during a free throw in the second half against the Detroit Pistons at Target Center. The Timberwolves won 107-101. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Budinger to rejoin Minnesota Timberwolves Friday

During the offseason, the Minnesota Timberwolves gave Chase Budinger a three-year contract worth $16 to help with what they perceived was their biggest weakness – their perimeter play.

However, a knee injury has kept the five-year veteran off of the court.

According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Budinger is closing in on a return.

Six weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, Minnesota forward Chase Budinger has been cleared to resume basketball activities and will rejoin the team Friday, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

It is unclear how soon Budinger, 25, can return to the Timberwolves’ lineup, but doctors are enthusiastic about his progress and expect him to make a complete recovery, a source said.

Budinger was limited to just 23 games with the Timberwolves last season. He averaged 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.1 minutes per game. He shot a career-low 32.1% from beyond the arc.

Budinger spent his first three season with the Houston Rockets and has averaged 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game over the course of his career.

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