The Minnesota Timberwolves are off to a great start in free agency if mere offers meant anything at all. During the first 24 hours, the Wolves have made a couple of offers to address their needs at the wing. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Minnesota has two four year deals on the table for a couple of solid additions:
Minnesota has 4 year offers out to J.J. Redick and Chase Budinger, sources tell Y! Redick is priority, but Wolves want to sign one of them.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2013
I cannot stress enough how well these two would fit in. With Kevin Love dominating most of the offense while Ricky Rubio facilitates every move, the Wolves have needed shooters in the worst way. J.J. Redick and Chase Budinger are excellent choices.
Last season, Minnesota saw Rubio setting his teammates up with open looks on the regular, but they failed to convert on the majority of them. It was disheartening to watch as a fan, especially because a guy like Rubio would have easily averaged double-digit assists had his teammates been able to knock down open looks.
Redick would be the ideal guy to sign here, but Budinger fits well also. We saw last year when Budinger was finally healthy that he could come in and knock down shots consistently. Of course we only got a glimpse of him in a few games because his injury lasted nearly all season long.
The best case scenario here would be for Minnesota to get both guys. They would provide immediate depth in the rotation and offensively would allow the Wolves to space the floor much better. Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea filling in at the two guard did absolutely nothing for Minnesota last year because neither could consistently make their open looks.