Feb 7, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Chase Budinger (10) shoots the ball over New Orleans Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma (34) in the first half at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies discussing Chase Budinger-Tayshaun Prince swap


The Minnesota Timberwolves are searching for defensive help on the perimeter and may turn to a veteran with championship experience according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Memphis Grizzlies are discussing a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves centered on forward Chase Budinger and guard J.J. Barea, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Memphis wants to include forward Tayshaun Prince into the package and the deal could be expanded to include guard Tony Allen, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Components of a proposed deal are still fluid.

As Wojnarowski explains, the Pistons have been desperately trying to unload Prince’s deal – he is owed $7.2 million this year and $7.7 million for the 2014-15 season. Prince hasn’t exactly been productive for the Grizzlies. The 33-year old, 11-year veteran is averaging only 6.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He’s shooting just 39.2% from the field, 31.3% from beyond the arc and 58.5% from the free throw line.

Budinger hasn’t been any better. He is averaging 6.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 35.0% from the field, 36.5% from three and 76.5% from the charity stripe.

Tags: Chase Budinger J.J. Barea Memphis Grizzlies Minnesota TImberwolves Tayshaun Prince Tony Allen