HoopsHype Rasual Butler rumors

September 29, 2014 Updates

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. NBA.com

September 22, 2014 Updates
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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." ESPN.com

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March 9, 2014 Updates

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. Indianapolis Star

January 7, 2014 Updates
January 5, 2014 Updates

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. Pacers.com

“He’s a perfect fit for this team,” one team source said of the upcoming decision. Unless Pacers president Larry Bird has a deal brewing quietly, which doesn’t seem to be the case, expect Butler to continue to provide his leadership and be the solid wing player that he is for the rest of this season. Pacers.com

November 6, 2013 Updates
October 27, 2013 Updates
September 27, 2013 Updates

Scott Agness: Pacers have officially signed @Rasual Butler and Hilton Armstrong. They’ll have 17 in camp. Full roster: http://t.co/rQ3JzsZNms Twitter @ScottAgness

September 7, 2013 Updates

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." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

September 5, 2013 Updates
September 3, 2013 Updates

Free agent forward Rasual Butler has reached agreement on a non-guaranteed contract with the Indiana Pacers, agent Joel Bell told RealGM. Butler played for the Pacers’ summer league team in July and averaged 6.2 points and three rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game. At 6-foot-7, Butler established himself as a strong outside shooter over 10 seasons in the NBA – his most recent coming in 2011-12 with the Toronto Raptors. Despite the deal being non-guaranteed, Butler is expected to receive a shot to battle for his standing in training camp and preseason. RealGM

July 10, 2013 Updates

But if the subject of retiring floats into the conversation, the affable Butler turns feisty. The thought does not enter his head, and his body, he says, hasn't given him any reason to entertain the thought of life after basketball. "No, I don't," Butler sternly said when asked whether basketball afterlife is something he thinks about. "I feel like this is the part of the process right now, having been out of the league for a year now. If this is what it takes for me to ultimately get back to what I want to do, I'm all right with that." Philadelphia Inquirer

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