Budinger has signed with Baskonia of the Spanish ACB EuroLeague, international reporter David Pick reports. Budinger has spent the last seven seasons in the NBA, spending time with the likes of Houston, Minnesota, Indiana and Phoenix. He split the 2015-16 campaign between the Pacers and Suns, finishing with averages of 4.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist over 14.1 minutes per game. Budinger latched on with the Nets during training camp, but was unable to make the final roster and will now head overseas to Spain for his first career appearance in the the international game.
Budinger was waived by the Nets on Tuesday, Marc Spears of ESPN reports. Budinger signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Nets last month, but the team has decided to part ways with the former Arizona standout as it trims its roster before the start of the regular season. The 28-year-old Budinger will look to latch on with another team but may be forced to explore his options overseas or in the D-League.
Budinger had two points (1-1 FG, 0-2 FT), two assists, and one rebound in seven minutes during the Suns' 103-90 loss to the Hawks on Tuesday. Since joining the Suns in the second week of March, Budinger has averages of 2.9 points and 1.6 rebounds in 11 minutes per appearance. He continues to see the court each night, but his contributions have been minimal, as he has not scored more than six points in any individual contest with Phoenix.
Budinger will sign a contract through the rest of the season with the Suns on Tuesday, Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports. It's something of a homecoming for Budinger, who was a standout at the University of Arizona for three seasons before declaring for the 2009 NBA Draft. The swingman, who was waived by the Pacers last week, should offer some depth on the wing to a Suns squad that has been lacking many appealing bench alternatives behind starting small forward P.J. Tucker, who has been asked to cover big minutes since T.J. Warren (foot) was lost for the season.
Budinger was officially waived by the Pacers on Saturday. News of the move surfaced back on Thursday, but Budinger still suited up and played 12 minutes in Friday night's loss to the Hornets. He'll now become a free agent and figures to draw considerable interest around the league, though he won't be eligible to play in the postseason since he was waived after the Mar. 1 deadline. The Pacers will sign Ty Lawson to fill the roster spot vacated by Budinger.
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