Timberwolves make deals with Chase Budinger, Corey Brewer official
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President of basketball operations Flip Saunders confirmed the news during a press conference Friday afternoon at the Target Center. Along with the Budinger and Brewer deals, Saunders also said that the Wolves had signed first round draft pick Shabazz Muhammad and are in the "advanced stages" of finalizing an agreement with center Ronny Turiaf.
A source told 1500 ESPN.com contributor and KSTP-TV reporter Darren Wolfson last week Budinger's deal is worth $16 million over three years, with the third year being a player option.
Budinger averaged 9.4 points per game last season while shooting 32 percent from three-point range, but knee surgery knocked him out for most of the year.
Saunders most recent announcements came one day after the Wolves confirmed a three-team trade with Milwaukee and Oklahoma City that landed guard Kevin Martin in Minnesota.
Saunders had said from the moment he took over with the Wolves that addressing the team's lacking outside scoring prowess among their two and three spot players was a key priority in both the draft and free agency. At least on the surface, it looks like he satisfied that need.
"We feel with both Chase and Martin, we have addressed that," Saunders said. "Hopefully having Kevin back and healthy next year will add to the 3-point shooting."
Brewer is back in Minnesota, with the team that drafted him out the first round in 2007, after a two-year absence. Brewer's stock and reputation as a strong defender was boosted up last season with a solid showing in the final year of his contract with the Denver Nuggets.
"We felt we've really bolstered our defense with the addition of Corey Brewer and Ronny Turiaf, given us veteran players that both are physical players that know how to play," Saunders said.
Brewer's contract -- a three-year, $15-million deal -- holds a player option for the third year.