Budinger was cleared for full-contact practices early last week, but because the Wolves haven't practiced since he was cleared, he couldn't get back on the court. He had said he wanted 1-2 practices before he'd suit up.
He got his one practice in on Wednesday morning in the Twin Cities. Chase said afterwards that he's definitely rusty and the key will be trying to get his legs underneath him (get his conditioning up). Budinger says that as long as he feels good tomorrow, in the morning shootaround, he should play vs. the Kings in Sacramento on Thursday.
Whether his conditioning is 100% or not, he'll be a boost to the struggling Wolves. He'll provide depth at small forward and shooting guard and will hopefully help the Wolves' dismal three-point shooting.
Chase played six games this season before tearing the lateral meniscus in his knee, with one start. During that time, he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1spg and shot .480 FG, .304 3PT & .800 FT in 23.5mpg.
Chase is a restricted free agent this summer and these last 17 games, he'll be working for a contract--or bigger money. The Wolves have said recently that resigning him this offseason will be a big priority. Chase said earlier in the season (before he tore up his knee) that he definitely wouldn't be against returning to the Timberwolves.
Chase tore his knee up in a Nov. 10th meeting against the Bulls in Chicago in an 80-87 loss. He was pushed to the ground by Marco Belinelli and suffered the injury. The Wolves will be facing the Bulls this coming Sunday (3/24) at the Target Center, should be an interesting 'headline' going into that game.
We'll update this post tomorrow morning after team shootaround on Chase's status for the game. Stay tuned for that, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!