Wolves still waiting to put timetable on Chase Budinger's return
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The Minnesota Timberwolves will be without forward Chase Budinger for at least the first month of the season.
But his recovery from his latest knee injury could be considerably shorter than last year when he missed four months after having surgery to repair his left meniscus.
Budinger underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday at Dr. James Andrews' orthopedics and sports medicine facility in Pensacola, Fla. to remove around 25 percent of the meniscus in his left knee.
A source told KSTP-TV producer and 1500ESPN.com contributor Darren Wolfson that Budinger's injury isn't as serious as first thought. No return date has been set yet, as Budinger waits for the swelling in his knee to go down. But his recovery window could be as short as six to eight weeks.
Budinger is slated to rehab in Florida for the next two weeks, according to Wolfson's report. At that point he will be reevaluated to decide if he can return to Minneapolis to finish the remainder of his rehab.
The Wolves will decide in the next few days whether or not to sign a free agent as a temporary replacement for Budinger, a source said. Mickael Pietrus and DeShawn Stevenson have been floated as possible options.
In the meantime, the Wolves opened training camp on Monday in Mankato. They will be back in Minneapolis on Saturday for two days of practice before kicking off their preseason schedule on Oct. 7 against CSKA Moscow at the Target Center.