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Minnesota forward Chase Budinger cleared to resume basketball activities

Six weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, Minnesota forward Chase Budinger has been cleared to resume basketball activities and will rejoin the team Friday, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

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It's not clear when Chase Budinger will return to the lineup. (Getty Images)

It is unclear how soon Budinger, 25, can return to the Timberwolves' lineup, but doctors are enthusiastic about his progress and expect him to make a complete recovery, a source said.

In the past week, Budinger started running on a treadmill and shooting on the court. In rejoining the team, the plan is for Budinger to continue building on his basketball-related rehab process.

Behind Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio's impressive play, the Timberwolves have started 6-3, and Budinger's eventual return will fortify a lineup in need of perimeter shooting.

The 6-foot-7 Budinger signed a three-year, $16 million contract to return to Minnesota in July.

Budinger had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee less than a month into the 2012-13 season and played only 23 games.

For his five-year career – which included three seasons with the Houston Rockets – Budinger has averaged 9.4 points. He was the 44th pick in the 2009 NBA draft out of the University of Arizona.

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