Minnesota Timberwolves Ronny Turiaf, Chase Budinger Making Progress


Two Minnesota Timberwolves are steps closer to returning to the court soon.

Oct 30, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Ronny Turiaf (32) against the Orlando Magic at Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Magic 120-115 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Budinger is working his way back into game shape after he had his second surgery in a year on his left meniscus on September 30th. Budinger has been cautious not to rush his rehab.

He has been able to do light shooting work for about a month, but wasn’t allowed to start scrimmaging again with the team until recently. But it will still be a little while longer before he gets the green light for his season debut.

“It’s just a gradual thing,” Coach Rick Adelman said. “He says he feels fine, but he’s going through training camp basically. His whole body is kind of sore. But he’s moving OK, so hopefully he’ll gradually get better.”

Budinger said last week he has had no problems with his knee, admitting he was more focused on getting the rest of his body back into shape.

And Ronny Turiaf seems to be closing in on the final stretch of his rehab from an injured right elbow.

Adelman said he expects Turiaf to be cleared for contact in practice at some point in the next few days. There is still no timetable of when can he return to play, but his comeback is fairly close.

Turiaf has been out since November 1st, when he suffered a radial head fracture in his elbow against the Oklahoma City in the Wolves’ second game of the season.