Lakers express interest in Chase Budinger

The Lakers briefly expressed interest in acquiring Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger, according to his agent Kevin Bradbury.

It’s still considered a longshot for that to happen. Budinger can likely to make more than the $3.2 million the Lakers can offer him via the mini mid-level exception. Yahoo! Sports reported several other teams are interested in Budinger, including the Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans.

The Lakers are in dire need of consistent outside shooting, youth and athleticism. Budinger, 25, fits that mold, averaging a career 9.4 points. He played his first three seasons with the Houston Rockets before being traded to the Timberwolves for the 2012-13 season. After suffering a knee injury six games into the season, Budinger rehabbed and returned to Minnesota’s lineup in late March.

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