Brian Butch Rumors

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Teams have until April 17 to sign players who will be eligible for the first round of the postseason. Here are some of the top D-League players at each position, who could be called up at some point in the next month. GUARDS: Delonte West, Dominique Jones, Lester Hudson, Kris Joseph, Josh Selby, Courtney Fortson, Jerel McNeal, Andrew Goudelock, Christian Eyenga, Lazar Hayward, Justin Dentmon, Chris Roberts, Ben Uzoh, Sean Singletary, Ron Howard, Darington Hobson. FORWARDS: D.J. Kennedy, Samardo Samuels, Demetris Nichols, Willie Reed, Rick Jackson, Arinze Onuaku, Rasual Butler, Damion James, Luke Harangody, Micah Downs, JaMychal Green, James Mays. CENTERS: Jerome Jordan, Hassan Whiteside, Vernon Macklin, Hilton Armstrong, Keith Benson, Brian Butch, Mickell Gladness, Solomon Alabi, Jarrid Famous, Augustus Gilchrist.
The San Antonio Spurs are bringing in two big men next week whose surnames together make up the name of a former NBA player and coach. Brian Butch and Warren Carter will work to make a name for themselves in their professional basketball careers as Butch Carter did, and for them, they likely see the Spurs as a place that could take them there. According to Keith Kreiter of Edge Sports International, a sports management company, said that Carter, a 6-9 Illinois grad with a bevy of international experience and a stint with the New York Knocks, will be in town next Tuesday and Wednesday. Kreiter noted on Twitter that Carter has played very well overseas the last few years.
In a couple of weeks, Butch hopes to have secured a spot on the New Orleans Hornets’ roster. That’s because Butch has verbally agreed to a make-good contract with the Hornets. Butch, 26, opted for the Hornets over Golden State, Milwaukee and Miami. Keith Kreiter, Butch’s agent, said more than a dozen teams had called him and inquired about Butch. On the surface, Butch’s decision looks like a shrewd one. The Hornets have a mere five players under contract for this season and none of them is a power forward.
Team USA finalized its roster for the 2011 Pan-Am Games at the end of the month. As those following along should remember, the team is made up entirely of players signed to play in the NBA Development League this season and will be led by Nate Tibbetts, head coach of the Tulsa 66ers. The final roster seems to have a focus on defense and shooting as the 12 men included to represent Team USA includes guards Justin Dentmon, Blake Ahearn, Donald Sloan and Jerome Dyson; wings Renaldo Major, Moses Ehambe and Curtis Sumpter; forwards Leo Lyons, Marcus Lewis and Lance Thomas; and bigs Brian Butch and Greg Stiemsma. “Obviously this is a tough selection just because guys have competed at such a high level. They’re doing what we’ve asked, they’re all good guys, but we can only take 12. At the same time you’ve got to get 12 so we can relax, catch our breath, guys don’t have to press now, this is our team and we can really focus on competing in the Pan Ams,” Tibbetts said in a press release.
Keith Kreiter, a Chicago-based agent, said one of his clients, Maurice Acker, is headed to Europe and another one, Brian Butch, may be as well. Kreiter said Acker, a former starting point guard for Marquette, has signed a one-year contract with Matrixx Maggix in Holland. Kreiter didn’t disclose the amount of Acker’s contact but said it was “fully guaranteed.” Kreiter said Butch, the former University of Wisconsin standout, has a couple of options but is “in talks with a cup team in eastern Europe.” Kreiter didn’t reveal the team. Butch is on the comeback trail. After being selected the Most Valuable Player for the D-League’s 2010 All-Star game last February and later signing with the Denver Nuggets, Butch ruptured his left patella tendon in the Las Vegas summer league last July. He hasn’t played competitive basketball since then. But Kreiter said Butch, 26, is ready to resume his career. “Brian is 100 percent healthy again,” Kreiter said. “He looks terrific.”
The Nuggets have requested waivers on guard Coby Karl and center Brian Butch, a source said Saturday. Both had contracts due to become fully guaranteed for next season had they remained with the team following Aug. 15. The source said the moves were made Friday, the last business day before Sunday’s deadline, although the Nuggets made no announcement. Calls to Nuggets officials were not immediately returned.
The Nuggets continued their winning ways on Saturday with a 92-74 victory over the L.A. Lakers, but it came at a hefty cost. Center Brian Butch is believed to have dislocated his left patella in the third quarter of the game, a scary scene that halted play for approximately 10 minutes near the end of the third quarter. Butch, who was signed by the team late last season, was wheeled off the court on a stretcher with his left leg in a brace and immediately taken to a local hospital to undergo further evaluation. He was essentially the team’s only height. Now the Nuggets summer league team doesn’t have a player that stands taller than 6-8.