The Los Angeles Lakers have reached out to Chase Budinger's agent, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News. Budinger suffered a lateral meniscus tear in November, then a full tear of his meniscus in January. He missed the majority of the season but returned in March.
Budinger averaged 9.4 points per game last season, his career average, but he struggled to return to his usual shooting form after missing 59 games. He shot career-lows overall from the field (41 percent) and beyond the arc (32 percenter) in his one season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans are also interested in adding Budinger this Summer, likely making it a quick pipe-dream for Los Angeles and their $3.1 million mini mid-level exception they can offer.
The Lakers have reached out to a handful of players since the NBA free agency period officially began, including Chris Copeland, Carlos Delfino, Nick Young and Francisco Garcia.
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