Familiarity breeds Wolves trade to fill a need

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 27, 2012 - 3:31 PM

The Wolves sent their No. 1 pick to Houston for Chase Budinger, who played for Rick Adelman.

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kennyrogersJun. 26, 1211:18 PM

So, we give Kevin McHale's Rockets a first rounder for someone who was drafted in the second round? McHale always has had a knack for making shrewd trades.

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goldengoph3rJun. 26, 1211:19 PM

I must be missing something, because I'm pretty sure Adelman just traded away the 18th pick in a deep draft for a guy named Chase Budinger. Yes, the Chase Budinger who was drafted in the middle of the 2nd round three years ago. The same guy who has never averaged more than 10 points a game. Do I even need to mention that some guy who plays in, ahem, the Israeli league, was also included in the "deal." Wolves, please tell me there's something more to this than meets the eye.

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goldengoph3rJun. 26, 1211:27 PM

Mr. Zgoda, could the Wolves also simply have bought out Webster's contract anyway, and simply signed their first-round pick, who would have been way, way better than.....Chase Budinger?

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jwillsJun. 26, 1211:47 PM

I think David Kahn must not want his job next year. Chase Budinger is a solid player. A good bench player. A good role player. But 18th pick in the draft for him? Royce White and Terrence Ross have considerable more upside and one of the two should be available at the #18 spot. Unless Kahn has some other moves up his sleeve, this was not a good deal as far as getting the most for the pick that you can get.

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alanam8Jun. 27, 1212:09 AM

Help me out here. Is the "European prospect" alluded to in paragraph 1 "Israeli forward Lior Eliyahu" mentioned in paragraph 9? Or is there a European player I missed in this trade. Because, last I checked, Israel is not in Europe.

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slammanJun. 27, 12 1:19 AM

This was a very good move by the T'Wolves. Getting a solid role player who is ready to play is better for this team than picking the 18th player in the draft and hoping to develop him into a player. I like this move and am looking forward to seeing who they will sign next.

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benjalnJun. 27, 12 2:14 AM

You guys are overvaluing the 18th pick in the draft. Terrence Ross isn't gonna be there at 18, and Royce White is a PF - WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER PF. He may have played point-forward in college, but he has a poor shooting range and wouldn't have been the answer at SF. Budinger is probably just as good as any player that they could've gotten at 18, perhaps better. Plus, they don't need to wait another couple of years for another rookie to develop, as he's been playing in the league for 4 years. The Wolves need vets, not more rookies on guaranteed contracts. This was a good move by Kahn, most likely instigated by Adelman. And I'll trust his opinion more than anyone else's when it comes to basketball.

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Jakein08Jun. 27, 12 7:34 AM

Adelman is building the team he wants for next season. this is the first move of more to come. I like it!

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MuddyOasisJun. 27, 12 7:56 AM

It takes rookies 2-3 years to be effective. The Wolves cannot wait to have more draft picks try and find their game and adapt to the speed of the NBA. Budinger has already grown into his game. We need more experience, not more youth. This is a good move to strengthen our weak bench.

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goldengoph3rJun. 27, 12 8:09 AM

All the Wolves employees and apologists rating comments here cannot obscure the fact that Chase Budinger is a 44th pick who has never averaged 10 pts a game and will be woefully inadequate on defense, and we gave up the 18th pick to get him. Bad move.

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