First thing's first.
Phoenix has waived Sonny Weems, league source tells @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) March 5, 2016
Sonny Weems, 29 years old, was signed to a two year deal last summer, but the second year is non-guaranteed. Now that he has been waived, the Suns are on the hook for only the rest of this season's salary.
After beginning the season as part of the rotation, Weems has largely been given garbage minutes since the turn of the year into 2016. And most recently, he hasn't even checked into three of the last four games. On a team that's only won four games since Christmas. And lost it's two 34+ minute guards to injury.
Now who's going to get Weem's minutes?
First of all, there aren't many minutes to give away. Weems has sat out three of the last four game, and when he plays it's only garbage time for the most part. John Jenkins, 24, has taken over those minutes.
Rookie Devin Booker is already using up all the minutes he can handle, and Archie Goodwin was even playing 32 minutes per game in February while even Ronnie Price was out. Now that Price is back, Goodwin has moved back off the ball (onto the wing) and is using up 24+ minutes per game. Once Brandon Knight returns, minutes will get squeezed even further.
Maybe the Suns won't sign anyone. They've still got 13 players on the roster (the league minimum) and a number of kids needing minutes on the wing.
Yet, there are rumors that former U of A Wildcat Chase Budinger is on his way to Phoenix.
Chase Budinger plans to sign with the Phoenix Suns once he clears waivers, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) March 5, 2016
Budinger when he was younger was a good small forward who could catch and shoot and make plays from the perimeter. Now 27, his knee injuries have really sapped his athleticism.
Budinger hasn't played more than 67 games since he was 22 years old, and this year is only scoring 4.4 points in 15 minutes per game.
He was released by the Indiana Pacers today after agreeing to a buyout.
While the Suns don't need to be giving minutes to a 27-year old already on the tail end of his career, they are quite short on available small forwards at the moment. P.J. Tucker is the only player on the roster equipped to play the small forward position right now.
This is what happens to the league's worst teams - they churn through player after player just to see what's up.
In the past two months, the Suns have cycled through Phil Pressey, Jordan McRae, Kris Humphries, John Jenkins, Lorenzo Brown and Orlando Johnson. Earlier this season we saw Corey Jefferson and Bryce Cotton.