Wolves reach out to Chase Budinger, inquire about Alan Anderson
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The Minnesota Timberwolves did not waste any time reaching out to unrestricted free agent Chase Budinger on Sunday night and a new name emerged as being on the team's radar on Monday afternoon.
The Wolves inquired about small forward Alan Anderson, a source told KSTP-TV reporter and 1500ESPN.com contributor Darren Wolfson.
The 30-year-old Anderson, an unrestricted free agent, attended DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis and is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-best 10.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 65 games with the Toronto Raptors.
The NBA's negotiating period opened at 11:01 p.m. (central) Sunday and when it did Timberwolves director of basketball administration Rob Babcock showed up at Budinger's home in San Diego.
"He came in last night and we had a nice casual talk," Budinger told the Star Tribune. "It definitely shows they're interested. It definitely meant something on a personal level."
Flip Saunders, the Wolves' president of basketball operations, already was in Los Angeles on Sunday so he could begin his pursuit of shooting guard O.J. Mayo. While teams can begin negotiations, no deals can be made official until July 10 when the NBA announces its salary cap.
A source with direct knowledge of the situation told Wolfson that the Wolves have engaged in sign-and-trade talks with the Mavericks about Mayo. Either Luke Ridnour or J.J. Barea would go to Dallas under the scenario that has been discussed.
Saunders, meanwhile, was scheduled to meet with Budinger on Monday.
The Timberwolves also called on free-agent guard Kevin Martin, who played for Wolves coach Rick Adelman in Houston, and met with Wasserman Media Group agents Arn Tellem and Greg Lawrence. The two represent unrestricted free agents J.J. Redick, Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Dorell Wright.
Budinger, a forward, played for the Wolves last season and is a favorite of Adelman's.
The Star Tribune speculated that Budinger likely will see his salary bumped from $942,000 to more than $3 million starting next season. 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.
The Wolves have yet to check on forward Andrei Kirilenko, who turned down a guaranteed $10.2 million from the Wolves for 2013-14 in order to opt out of his contract. It's looking more and more likely that the Wolves are fine with seeing Kirilenko walk away after one season with the team.