The Pacers swung and missed by trading Damjan Rudez for Budinger with the hope that the veteran swingman could improve the reserve unit at both ends of the floor. Unfortunately, Budinger never found a comfortable role and shooting a career-low 29 percent for three-land certainly didn't help keep Bud from being expendable.
While Budinger didn't work out, it's not like Damo would be playing a big role Pacers, so the deal remains wash and still worth the effort in my opinion. Waiving Bud now frees up room for another swing by the front office as they are expected to bring Ty Lawson to Indy on Sunday.
On the injury front, the Pacers may get a boost in Washington with the return of C.J. Miles from a nagging calf injury that has had him out of action the past seven games and been an issue for the past ten games.
Vogel tells @Mark_J_Boyle CJ Miles is joining the team in DC today, and hopes he can play some minutes tonight.— Pat Boylan (@PatBoylanPacers) March 5, 2016
I wouldn't expect many minutes but the fact he's joining the team for their last road game and Vogel hopes to use him is a good sign. As we saw with Rodney Stuckey, it takes a few games to get the game legs back so finding some restricted minutes in the next two games and then enjoying four days off should allow Miles to get that calf and his game right for the final stretch of the regular season.