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The Injury: Chase Budinger suffered a meniscus injury to his left knee and is out indefinitely.
Budinger's knee problems kept him out of 59 games last season, but the the shooting-deprived Minnesota Timberwolves still re-signed him to a three-year, $15 million dollar contract this offseason.
Budinger looked to be a breakout candidate back in Rick Adelman's corner offense, but now the Timberwolves will have to find floor spacing and smart cutting from another source at the 3 spot.
Free-Agency Fill: Minnesota only has 14 guaranteed contracts including Budinger, so a free-agent acquisition isn't out of the question. Perhaps Lazar Hayward, who was recently released by the New Orleans Pelicans and played for the Timberwolves last season, could come in and fill a roster spot as a reserve small forward.
Robbie Hummel and Othyus Jeffers, two players with non-guaranteed contracts currently on Minnesota's preseason roster, might be used to fill the void as well.
Trade Fill: The Wolves were the league's worst three-point shooting team percentage-wise last season, so adding another piece alongside Kevin Martin on the wing would make sense. Targeting a young player like Jeff Taylor in Charlotte, Quincy Miller in Denver or Reggie Bullock in L.A. could fill the void, but the price for those players could be very high.
Internal Fill: Well, here's why you drafted Shabazz Muhammad.
Corey Brewer should handle the starting duties and Derrick Williams will slide over to take some minutes as well, but Muhammad is probably the best three-point shooter of the trio, which could earn him some playing time at some point. Brewer and Williams both shoot around 30 percent from three-point land on their careers, and that might not cut it.
Minnesota will rely on Brewer to add defense and be a terror in the transition game, but if half-court spacing becomes an issue, Adelman may need to exhaust all his options.