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 agreed to a contract with the Nets on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
The terms of the contract haven't been released, but Budinger will join the Nets for training camp and will presumably have to compete for a roster spot. Budinger, a veteran of seven NBA seasons, split time with both the Pacers and Suns during his 2015-16 campaign, finishing with averages of 4.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. If he's able to win a roster spot with the Nets, Budinger will likely serve as deep reserve at small forward behind presumptive starter Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
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 with the Suns on Tuesday that will run through the rest of the season, 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.
Budinger will be bought out by the 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.
Budinger contributed four points (1-3 FG, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, and one assist in 12 minutes during the 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.
Budinger (coach's decision) didn't play in Saturday's 112-104 win over the Pistons.
Budinger has found himself on the outside of coach Frank Vogel's rotation of late, as he's logged just one minute of court time over the team's last eight games. Both Glenn Robinson (eight minutes in Saturday's game) and Solomon Hill (seven minutes) have seemed to leapfrog Budinger on the Pacers' depth chart.
Budinger contributed two points (0-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT) and six rebounds in 14 minutes during the Pacers' 97-94 win versus the Suns on Tuesday.
Budinger is averaging four points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and one steal in 17 minutes per contest over the last five games. He is earning more minutes than fellow small forward Solomon Hill, but with Paul George and C.J. Miles ahead of those two on the depth chart, it's rare when either one of them reaches 20 minutes played on a given night.
Budinger pitched in 11 points (4-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, an assist and a pair of steals over 16 minutes in Saturday's 102-88 victory over the Timberwolves.
It was the veteran reserve's third double-digit scoring performance of December, a feat he accomplished through his second-best shooting night of the season (80 percent). Despite the highly efficient performance Saturday, Budinger has only received over 20 minutes of playing time once in the last 16 contests, negating any appreciable fantasy viability.
Budinger managed five points and four rebounds off the bench in the Pacers 106-90 Monday win over the Raptors.
Budinger is playing around 15-20 minutes a night pretty steadily this season, and has averages of 5.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game for the year. Budinger doesn't hold much value on the offensive end and doesn't have much value in most formats.
Budinger moved back to a reserve role in Tuesday's win over the Wizards. He accumulated five points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt), one rebound, one assist, and one steal over his 15 minutes.
Budinger had seen 30-plus minutes and scored double-digit points in both of the Pacers' previous two games, but the return of George Hill (illness) to Thursday's lineup resulted in Budinger's playing time being cut in half. The swingman will continue to be one of the first players off the bench and should see time at both shooting guard and small forward, but he'll need another injury to hit the Pacers' backcourt before he enjoys a more featured role.
Budinger will start at shooting guard Saturday against the Bucks.
George Hill (illness) is only available off the bench in an emergency, so Monta Ellis will technically be the Pacers' point guard Saturday. Look for Budinger to see 20-30 minutes as the starter.
Budinger returned to the bench Wednesday against the Sixers, but had his best game of the season, scoring 15 points (5-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go with six rebounds, two blocks, an assist, and a steal.
Budinger may not have started, but he still saw more minutes than all the starters except for Paul George thanks to this performance. Both the point and rebound totals were season highs as well. This performance may warrant another look in the starting lineup, but it appears that the Pacers will base his minutes off of his in-game performance each night regardless of whether he's starting or not.
Budinger will shift back to the bench Wednesday against the 76ers, Tom Moore of Calkins Media reports.
The George Hill-less Pacers will mix things up and go with LaVoy Allen in the starting lineup Wednesday, and he'll be joined by CJ Miles, Paul Goerge, Ian Mahinmi and Monta Ellis.
Budinger was held scoreless (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and contributed four rebounds and a steal over 18 minutes in Monday's 96-95 loss to the Bulls.
Though he received his first start of the season Monday with George Hill (illness) and Rodney Stuckey (ankle) sidelined, Budinger's performance didn't deviate much from what he usually provides off the bench. Rather than seeing his own role increase with the move to the starting lineup, it was deep reserves Joe Young (12 minutes) and Solomon Hill (13 minutes) who seemed to be the main beneficiaries for extra playing time. With that in mind, Budinger shouldn't attract much interest even if he's able to maintain a spot in the starting lineup for another game or two.
Budinger will get the start Monday versus Chicago Candace Buckner of Indy Star Sports reports.
With multiple players out for Indiana on Monday, Budinger will get the chance to start. He'll look to earn more playing time in the future with this opportunity.
Budinger scored four points and snagged four rebounds in Wednesday's 100-98 win over the Celtics.
Budinger is the backup small forward behind CJ Miles (ankle), however he's only playing 14.4 minutes per game and hasn't been much of a scoring threat. He did see a slight spike in minutes (19) in Wednesday's game, which is likely the result of Miles nursing his right ankle. Until Miles regains his full health, Budinger may see an increased role but he doesn't offer a lot when it comes to most fantasy formats.
Budinger tallied 17 points (7-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist and two steals across 25 minutes in a preseason win over the Hornets on Thursday.
Budinger has always shown some scoring ability, but has had a rough time finding a home in the NBA. He'll likely have trouble finding another big role here in Indiana, simply because the roster is full of talented players who have earned more playing time than Budinger. His talent could shine through though and he could play a nice role off the bench, if things fall his way.