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Chase Budinger to Suns: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Indiana Pacers' Chase Budinger (10) dribbles the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Phoenix.  The Pacers defeated the Suns 97-94. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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Adam WellsFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 6, 2017

Chase Budinger's unemployment didn't last long, as the veteran forward officially signed with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, per the team.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical first reported Budinger's intent to sign with the Suns on March 5. The report also noted the Suns waived Sonny Weems to make room for Budinger. 

Budinger, 27, started this season with the Indiana Pacers, appearing in 49 games, but The Vertical's Shams Charania reported the team waived him to make room for Ty Lawson

Budinger told Adi Joseph of Sporting News following Friday's game against Charlotte, in which he played 12 minutes, he wasn't certain what the future held for him: “I have no idea. I’m just going to go with the flow and have faith. That’s about it.”

The Pacers used Budinger sparingly this season, as he served primarily as Monta Ellis' backup and got some time spelling Paul George. He's averaging career lows in minutes (14.9), points (4.4) and three-point shooting percentage (29). 

Despite those struggles and never figuring out his role in Indiana, per Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star, Budinger was always a consummate professional. 

That attitude will certainly serve Budinger well in Phoenix. He's got the versatility to play 2-guard or small forward, giving Suns head coach Earl Watson options to choose from as the franchise continues to evaluate players who can help turn things around next season. 

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