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Pacers Trade for Chase Budinger

The Indiana Pacers continued their offseason retooling, acquiring Chase Budinger from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Damjan Rudez.

Budinger has been plagued by injuries for much of his career, but the 67 games he played last season was the most since he played 78 games with the Houston Rockets in 2010-11.

This past year, Budinger averaged 6.8 points and 3.0 assists in 19.2 minutes per game in Minnesota. He shot 43.3 percent overall and a solid 36.4 percent from long range. He’s a career 35.8 percent shooter from distance, and he’ll be expected to provide outside shooting on a Pacers team that plans on playing smaller and faster moving forward.

Rudez played 68 games last season in Indiana, averaging 4.8 points while shooting 45.2 percent overall and 40.6 percent from long range in 15.4 minutes per game. The Timberwolves already have a bunch of stretch forwards on the roster, but the 6’10 Rudez is expected to stick around and battle for playing time in training camp.

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