Veteran sharpshooter Chase Budinger may not have made the Brooklyn Nets’ roster, but he might have a better shot a championship across the Atlantic. Budinger became the latest former NBA player to reportedly agree to terms with Baskonia Spain.
Budinger played seven seasons in the NBA for the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns. The Detroit Pistons selected him 44th overall in the second-round of the 2009 NBA Draft, but he was later traded to Houston that same day in exchange for cash and a 2012 second-round pick.
Budinger had his best years in Houston where he averaged 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 three-pointers per game while shooting 43.5 percent over 210 games, including 35 starts. In 2010-2011, he started 22 games and averaged 9.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 three-pointers per contest.
Over the last four years, he has only started 15 total games. Budinger began last season with the Pacers and appeared in 49 games while starting two of them, before getting waived and then picked up by the Suns in March. On Sept. 26, he signed a contract with the Nets, but he didn’t make the final roster cut.
Budinger will join other former NBA players Andrea Bargnani and Rodrigue Beaubois on the Baskonia roster this season. Baskonia is looking for its first Spanish Cup since 2009-2010. Last season, the team went 24-10 and was a semifinalist in the Liga ACB. They finished fourth overall in the EuroLeague.
Also joining those former NBA players on the Baskonia roster is former Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney. He is the only player in Orange basketball history to play in two Final Fours.