Source confirms Wolves exec will meet with Chase Budinger on Monday
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Flip Saunders told reporters on Friday that he would be on the road when the NBA's negotiating period for free agency began at 11:01 p.m. Sunday, but the Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations revealed few other details about his plans.
It turns out that Saunders will meet with unrestricted free-agent forward Chase Budinger on Monday in San Diego, a source told KSTP-TV producer and 1500ESPN.com contributor Darren Wolfson.
Budinger played for the Wolves last season and is a favorite of coach Rick Adelman. The Star Tribune speculated that Budinger likely will see his salary bumped from $942,000 to more than $3 million. This could happen despite the fact Budinger missed four months last season because of a knee injury.
Budinger averaged 9.4 points and made 26 of 81 three-point shots (.321 percentage) in 23 games in 2012-13.
So where will Saunders be when free agency opens on Sunday night?
The speculation is he will take advantage of his trip out west to go to the Los Angeles area and meet with shooting guard O.J. Mayo, who averaged 15.3 points in 82 games with Dallas last season.
The Wolves did not address their need for a shooting guard in Thursday's draft and Mayo appears to be a top target.