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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  27 responses

Minnesota Timberwolves Signing Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger


The T-Wolves will spend $43 million on free agents Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger. Martin agreed to a four-year, $28 million deal, while Budinger will ink a contract worth $16 million over three seasons. Per the Star Tribune: “In doing so, they reunited two former Houston teammates with each other and Martin with Wolves coach Rick Adelman, who now once again will coach one of the game’s most efficient scorers but this time in their third city together. They also in two fell swoops addressed their needs to boost the league’s worst three-point shooting team and helped balance their roster, even if, with Andrei Kirilenko opting out last weekend, they probably did so for now at the expense of their defense. According to league sources familiar with negotiations, the Wolves reached terms with Budinger on a three-year, $15 million contract early Tuesday afternoon, then agreed with Martin on a four-year, almost $28 million contract. They reached the deal with Martin after targeted shooting guard J.J. Redick accepted a sign-and-trade deal that sent him from Milwaukee to the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-way trade that also included Phoenix. The Wolves still must reach terms with restricted free-agent center Nikola Pekovic, but that probably won’t come until after Dwight Howard chooses his new home. Nine years after he first played for Adelman, Martin, 30, is back with the coach who welcomed him to the NBA in Sacramento as an unsung rookie out of Western Carolina. ‘He raised me well in this league from Day 1,’ Martin said from his home in Zanesville, Ohio. ‘He developed me into a pretty good player. I respect what he’s done with my career.’ [...] Budinger planned to break out with his mom and dad a fine bottle of champagne he saved these last few months just for this occasion, the first big payday of his career. ‘It’s not about the money,’ said Budinger, a former second-round pick who made $942,000 last season in the final year of his original rookie contract. ‘It’s about the right situation and the people you’re around. Money is just a bonus. Everybody knows how much I loved playing for Rick Adelman, how well I fit into his system, how much I like playing with these guys. The NBA is a business so I had to look at the money aspect. But in my heart, it was always Minnesota.’ Budinger said he turned down more money to return to the Wolves. His new contract gives him an option to become a free agent after the second season.”

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  • Nick

    Minnesota, just like Washington, needs to stay healthy throughout the season…and if they do…:)

  • spit hot fiyah

    i see a lot of 3 guard lineups for them. rubio, barrea, schved, budinger, k mart, Muhammad

  • TR

    Chase Budinger is my guy..I hope he stays healthy. Him and Martin on the wings is pretty nice

  • Mike From Spain

    The new starting backcourt is Ricky – Martin

  • Mike From Spain

    Need at least a defensive wing specialist more, move out Dwill JJ and or Ridnour… PG rotation is set, SG and SF a bit thinner

  • OfftheWall87

    Reggie Jackson needs to take the next step or OKC will have absolutely nothing coming off the bench. Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb also need to improve.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    LOL!

  • RayJr

    With Kirilenko opting out the Martin signing makes them better. Minnesota is starting to look more and more dangerous(on paper). Let’s see if they can stay healthy.

  • RunNGun

    Good signings but whose going to play defense (besides Ricky) with AK gone?

  • MUBWAR

    lool. livin la vida loca

  • MUBWAR

    PJ3 and jeremy lamb are very good picks. They should’ve played part of last year to get some NBA experience.

  • Mike From Spain

    I expect that every assist from Ricky to Martin will be a cue for the DJ in target center to play that song

  • Mike From Spain

    We should have traded for a SF with Toronto… Ricky – Martin – Gay – Love – Pek

  • MUBWAR

    looooooooooooool come on bro

  • RayJr

    You have put a lot of thought into this lol

  • Mike From Spain

    Not really… just time reading message boards , this one is an old one, thought I might share with the regulars at Slam

  • OfftheWall87

    The organization must not have thought they were ready to play for a championship contending team. That’s probably why they were sent down to the D-League a few times.

  • Mike From Spain

    ‘The best defense is a good attack’ or something like that

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    This is about to be the worst defensive team since Don Nelson was coaching the early 2000s Mavericks

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    That would be THE GREATEST crowd chant of all time!

  • Mike From Spain

    All I can reply to that is: Ricky is a plus defender, Budinger should be about league average, Pek is not horrible on the post and challenging jump-shots(bad at help D though), Love is problably sub-par at D but not horrible, and … yeah, the rest of the roster is baaad at defense

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Agreed about Rubio, but Kevin Love is horrible. Especially as a help defender. And Budinger is pretty decent against guys of comparable size….but now he’s your starting small forward. The teams who scoring comes from that position will have no trouble abusing Budinger. Kevin Martin is historically bad on defense. And Pekovic does the non isolation parts of defense at a below average level, mainly do to being slow laterally.
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    The team is going to score a ton of points and shoot a ton of 3′s. they really could still be a playoff team if they have an offensive system that negates how bad they are on the other end.
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    Either way, the Timberwolves will Be fun to watch, that’s for sure.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    OKC has no bench now.

  • RayJr

    The offense is all there though. Looks like they will rely on outscoring opponents and not stopping them.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s sure going to be fun to watch.

  • Mike From Spain

    What if the Wolves get someone ala Matt Barnes? Or if they manage to do a sign and trade with OKC for Martin, and get rid of Ridnour and/or Williams, ship Barea (tougher but maybe possible)… AK47 could be back… what about them then?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Those types of guys aren’t going to Minn to play for a team that might not make the playoffs. Barnes is going to a contender. Kirelinko is probably getting someone’s MLE. I assume it’ll be say Golden State, or a middle of the pack playoff team like them.

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