Chase Budinger to miss at least three months after knee surgery

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After surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, Minnesota Timberwolves starter Chase Budinger will miss minimally three months, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

Budinger joins Timberwolves stars Kevin Love (broken hand) and Ricky Rubio (torn ACL) on the sidelines with significant injuries. Despite the injuries, the Timberwolves have managed a 5-2 start in the Western Conference.

Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery on Tuesday, and a source said the meniscus was completely repaired and will allow for a full recovery for Budinger. He had averaged nearly 12 points a game for the Wolves this season, after coming over from the Houston Rockets for the 18th overall pick in the June NBA Draft.

Budinger, 24, injured the knee on Saturday night in a game against the Chicago Bulls. With the knee expected to heal, Budinger is considered an intriguing free-agent possibility for several teams – including Minnesota – next summer.

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