It’s official, Pacers waive Chase Budinger; Phoenix considered frontrunner.


We told you a few days ago that the Indiana Pacers were going to waive Chase Budinger to clear out a roster spot to add Ty Lawson, it was just a matter of waiting until after Friday night’s game.

Saturday it became official, Indiana announced it has waived Budinger. He simply never found a role where he was comfortable in Indiana, it was a move this summer where the Pacers gave up shooting to get him and in the end could have used that shooting more.

The rumor is that he is bound for Phoenix. Leaving the arena Friday night, Budinger told Adi Joseph of the Sporting News that he doesn’t know what is next.

Budinger’s next step? “I have no idea,” he told Sporting News after the game. “I’m just going to go with the flow and have faith. That’s about it….

“You see it a lot,” he said. “I’ve been around the NBA for long enough where, when you’ve been in locker rooms, you see situations like I’m in right now. You just have to be professional about it.”

Because he was waived after March 1, he is not eligible to join another team’s playoff roster. If he goes to Phoenix, that won’t be an issue.