Chase Budinger had two points (1-1 FG, 0-2 FT), two assists, and one rebound in seven minutes during the Phoenix 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.
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.
Chase Budinger was officially waived by the Indiana 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.
Chase Budinger will be bought out by the Indiana Pacers , Candace Buckner of the Indy Star reports.
The buyout appears to be in the final stages, but in somewhat of an odd move, Budinger is expected to be in uniform and available for Friday's game against Charlotte, with the buyout expected to become official after the contest. The move to cut ties with Budinger is prompted by the Pacers interest in Ty Lawson, who was waived by Houston earlier in the week. Lawson is said to be in advanced negotiations with Indiana, and a deal should be finalized within the next day or two. Budinger, who has been in and out of the rotation this season, figures to draw considerable interest around the league, though he won't be eligible to play in the postseason since the buyout will have occurred after Mar. 1.
Chase Budinger contributed four points (1-3 FG, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, and one assist in 12 minutes during the Indiana Pacers ' 96-95 loss against the Hornets on Friday.
After receiving zero minutes for five straight games between Jan. 30 and Feb. 8, Budinger has appeared in five of the last six contests. However, he has not eclipsed 12 minutes or made much of an impact during this recent stretch, and Budinger can safely be left on waiver wires in fantasy.
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