As the NBA Draft approaches, trade activity is beginning to pick up. Yesterday, the Minnesota Timberwolves traded the 18th pick in the first round to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chase Budinger and the rights to Lior Eliyahu.
It’s been widely reported that, by giving Houston a total of three first round picks, this move makes the Rockets players in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, but the real impact of the move has been overlooked: by pairing Budinger with Kevin Love, the T-Wolves have assembled the most dominant duo in the league.
Wait a minute: Budinger and Love over Westbrook and Durant? Carmelo and Amar’e? James and Wade? James and Bosh? Bosh and Wade? Of course! Just not in basketball.
Forget about “Two and a Half Men” - LoveBud will handle all comers in beach volleyball.
During last year’s lockout, Love moonlighted on the pro volleyball circuit. Budinger also appeared on the tour during the NBA labor dispute, but for him, it was more of a return to form. As a high school senior in 2006, Budinger was named the high school volleyball player of the year, and considered playing both sports in college before deciding to play basketball, and basketball only, at Arizona.
Watch Budinger get ill with the (other) pill:
Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal recently qualified to represent the United States in men’s beach volleyball in the London Olympics. If they want to compete in Rio in 2016, Gibb and Rosenthal should watch their backs for the threat rising in Minnesota.