But the analytics shed light on this premiere aspect to Butler’s style of play. If you accounted for playing time by adjusting his free throws to a per-36-minute scale, you find that Butler’s free throw rate (5.6 free throw attempts per 36 minutes) ranked second only to Derrick Rose on the Bulls — the guy coming off an MVP season. But even per-36-minute stats underrated this Butler skill. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau played an extremely slow brand of basketball that artificially deflated per-game as well as per-minute measures. Players only had so many possessions to put up numbers. But on a per-possession basis, Butler racked up 8.4 free throws per 100 possessions, which topped all rookies that season. In fact, to this day, Chris Paul and Luka Doncic are the only active guards who have posted higher free throw rates than Butler during their rookie season, per Stathead.com.
December 4, 2020 | 7:19 pm EST Update
The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed guard Quinn Cook, it was announced today by Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Rob Pelinka.
Eric Pincus: Cook was on the books at $3 mil – they cut him with $1 mil guaranteed. They’re re-signing him at the min, so his cap hit will be $1.6 mil – so $2.6 mil on the cap to Cook instead of $3 mil. He’ll earn $1 mil + $1,737,145 = $2,737,145 total – so almost the original $
December 4, 2020 | 7:01 pm EST Update
Jason Jones: The Kings have picked up the fourth-year option on Marvin Bagley III, according to league sources. Bagley, the second overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, will earn $11.3 million next season. He’s looking to bounce back after being limited to 13 games last season due to injuries.