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Rasual Butler
Rasual Butler
Position: G-F
Born: 05/23/79
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
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Flush with about $25 million in cap space, the Trail Blazers are in the market for wings and backup point guards, and The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com has learned at least one player Portland is looking at is veteran wing Rasual Butler. According to a source, Butler has been offered a contract, but is in no hurry to sign, as he mulls other interest from teams, which includes San Antonio and Golden State.
There is no guarantee Butler will be around for the next step. He is among the team’s four free agents. At his age, it’s unlikely the Wizards make retaining him a main priority as they ponder big picture moves with a conference and NBA title in mind. If Pierce returns and with Beal and Porter around, most of the wing minutes will be gobbled up by that trio. Then again, who would have imagined Butler’s impact on the 2014-15 season. “A lot of things change over free agency, “Butler said. “Not really sure the direction the team is going to go in. Only thing I can control is how I prepare myself to be ready.”
In his 12th season, Rasual Butler hasn’t allowed retirement to cross his mind. The Washington Wizards forward played in his 726th career game Monday in a 111-76 victory over his hometown 76ers. Butler, 35, had eight points on 3-for-7 shooting to go with two rebounds and two assists off the bench. Butler said he’ll keep playing “as long as I can run and jump, defend and hit shots. I still have a love for the game to this day. I still get butterflies before the game. That’s a real good indication that it’s time to keep it going.”
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He was willing to consider playing overseas but hoped to sign with an NBA team. On this Saturday morning, however, the optimism went missing. NBA offers were falling through, and the will to work was elusive. “It’s very difficult to get up every day and put your body through the workouts,” Butler said. “Mentally not really knowing if it was going to be for anything, any concrete reason other than being in good physical shape. Not knowing if it was going to materialize into a job.”
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Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guards Vander Blue, Xavier Silas and David Stockton, forwards Rasual Butler and Damion James and center Daniel Orton. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released. Blue (6-4, 200) went undrafted in 2013. The Marquette alum signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics on January 22, 2014 and appeared in three games, scoring a total of five points in a combined 15 minutes. While on assignment with the Delaware 87ers of the D-League last season, he appeared in four games and averaged 19.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30.5 minutes.
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Following a zero-point, zero-rebound performance in a 102-96 Game 1 loss to the Washington Wizards, All-Star center Roy Hibbert was pulled aside by teammates David West and Rasual Butler, according to a report by the team’s website. Though the team’s site described West as “fuming” and “as heated as he’s ever been,” all parties declined to comment on the conversation that took place. West did however tell reporters that the team plans to “keep encouraging” Hibbert and that Hibbert has to “be a part of the fight.”
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Things haven’t been right for a while. David West had sounded the alarm as far back as early February. Now, his teammates have picked up on it. And it wasn’t simply the three-game slide that roused the Pacers awake, but the open communication that followed each frustrating loss. It started with a small gathering between West and Rasual Butler near the post-game spread after the heartbreaker to the Golden State Warriors. Then in Charlotte, in the back corner of the visitor’s locker room, Ian Mahinmi and Roy Hibbert could be seen sitting and conversing with West. By Friday night, the conference had grown and the conversation lasted longer.
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Once Rasual Butler made the Pacers’ roster for the regular season, the next key date for the 11-year veteran became January 7. The Pacers have until 5 p.m. EST on Monday to decide whether to keep him on the roster, which would fully guarantee his contract for the remainder of the season, or waive him. Butler’s cap hit is $885,000 and the only reason to waive him would be to create flexibility to make a trade without going into the luxury tax, which owner Herb Simon won’t allow.
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Gone from the Heat since 2005 and out of the NBA for a season, Rasual Butler, at 34, will attempt a comeback in camp with the Indiana Pacers. Butler played for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s D-League team last season, but the 3-point shooting forward never made it to the parent squad. “They made some different moves around the trading deadline to get Ronnie Brewer instead,” the former Heat second-round pick said. “Indiana said they were looking for some shooting and a veteran, so it was an opportunity.” In a league where shooting remains valued, Butler, who last played in the NBA in 2011-12 with the Toronto Raptors, sees hope. “Absolutely,” he said. “I take good care of myself and shooting is at a premium. I can defend. And I’m a veteran now, so I have some experience to share.” Of being out of the league last season for the first time since his 2002-03 rookie season with the Heat, he said, “It was a little surprising. But everybody has their own story. So you’ve got to stick with it.”