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Name: Chase Budinger
Position: Small forward
2011-12 Stats: 9.6 PPG, 1.3 APG and 3.7 RPG
Contract: Rockets have a club option to keep Budinger one more year at $942,292.
Chase Budinger is one of the brightest young small forwards in the Association, but he becomes irrelevant due to a plethora of wings on the Rockets roster. Sure, his leaping ability and shooting touch are exceptional, however, the trio of Kevin Martin, Courtney Lee and Chandler Parsons eat up almost all of the playing time at the swingmen positions.
Also, there is little possibility that Budinger passes any of the aforementioned players on the depth chart.
Martin and Lee are two high-octane scorers capable of putting up rather gaudy numbers. Lee, additionally, is Houston's best defender.
Parsons, on the other hand, seems to be clicking in Kevin McHale's system. Not only did the second-round selection start in his rookie season, but he excelled in his point-forward role, especially in pick-and-roll situations.
The former Florida star credited his early success to his time spent in Gainesville.
“Being able to have the ball in my hands at 6-9, 6-10, being able to create, make plays for others, Coach Donovan gave me that flexibility the same way (Rockets coach Kevin) McHale did, giving me so much confidence that I was able to go out there and play basketball,” Parsons said. “Coach McHale told me before every game, ‘Just go out there and have fun. It's going to fly by. Just play your game.' ”
Budinger's time in Houston may be coming to a close.
Possible Destinations: Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks