Timberwolves finalize contracts Budinger, Brewer

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 12, 2013 at 4:02 pm •  Published: July 12, 2013
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Budinger was limited to 23 games last season because of a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee. But his familiarity with coach Rick Adelman's system from their prior time together in Houston and his ability to shoot and move without the ball on the wing made him a priority for the Wolves to bring back.

This also is a much taller team than last season, when the 6-foot-2 Ridnour was playing out of position at shooting guard. Assuming center Nikola Pekovic is re-signed, there are three 6-foot-11 guys on the roster with rookie Gorgui Dieng and Chris Johnson. Brewer is 6-foot-9. Budinger and Martin are 6-foot-7. Ronny Turiaf, who was still in the process of finalizing the two-year, $3.2 million deal he agreed to on Thursday, will be a 6-foot-10 backup to Love.

"I do believe that it's going to be a very exciting team to watch play, just because of how we have the ability of the bigs inside to rebound, get out and run with Rubio," Saunders said, adding: "Our big question is, everyone's going to say: 'We think you guys will be able to score. Are you going to be able to defend?' That's why getting Brewer and getting Turiaf, a perimeter defender and an inside defender, I thought was going to be very big for us."

Saunders also praised Adelman's ability to produce capable team defense out of individuals who might not be the best at guarding.

Once Turiaf signs, securing Pekovic is the last piece on the summer to-do list. He's a restricted free agent.

"People think he can go pretty much where he wants to go, and he can sign an offer sheet, but we have the ability to match anything," Saunders said. "Right now where we're set in our budget, we have an ability to sign Pek, so we expect he will be back."

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