Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin are the only two worthy starters for the Brooklyn Nets but they added another veteran on Thursday that can crack the rotation and get major minutes. The team signed guard/forward Chase Budinger to add to their wing rotation and after they failed to get their initial targets in the 2016 offseason.
Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo Sports confirmed the deal via Twitter for the Nets and Budinger, who is working to revive his NBA career after seeing limited action the last few seasons.
Free agent forward Chase Budinger has reached agreement on a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 21, 2016
Budinger was a second round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and had good seasons with the Houston Rockets in his first three years in the league. He moved to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2012 and his production dipped and he lost his minutes the last two seasons with the Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns.
Budinger averages 7.9 points on 35.2% shooting from the three-point area with 3.0 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game in a seven-year NBA career. His best years came in his second year in Houston when he averaged 9.8 points in 22.3 minutes per game in 78 games in the 2010-2011 NBA Season.
Brooklyn is the perfect opportunity for Budinger if he wants to revive his NBA career. The Nets tried to sign wingmen Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe in free agency but both players were retained by the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers.
Budinger has a chance to joined Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez in the Nets starting line-up. Despite the signing, Brooklyn is still considered one of the worst teams in the league for the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
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