Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Forward Chase Budinger will have surgery on a cartilage injury to his left knee just after he signed for three years and $15 million with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
He was supposed to compete for the starting small forward position, but it turned out he will earn his pay sitting on the bench.
Budinger already missed 59 games last season due to a lateral tear in his left meniscus, which helped make the Wolves the league leader in games missed due to injury in 2012-13.
Timberwolves president Flip Saunders noted that Budinger was given a clean bill of health when he signed the contract.
But Budinger experienced some swelling after workouts this week.
He will visit Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama early next week and an update on the findings will be provided.
The Wolves also announced that Budinger will undergo surgery on the knee to either repair a more serious injury or scope the knee in hopes of helping bring it back to 100% health and strength.
Budinger played six games at the start of last season before tearing his meniscus. He averaged 9.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 22.1 minutes last season in his 23 games.
He shot 32.1 percent from 3-point range after a career-high 40.2 percent in the 2011-12 season.