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Spurs sign Butler; anything to take from it?

Posted on: March 25, 2011 1:50 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2011 1:51 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The Spurs have signed 2010 second round pick Da'Sean Butler for the rest of the season. Yep, the same second rounder that has for some reason garnered a bunch of interest lately.

The reason? Because Butler was a for sure first round pick before blowing his knee out in the Final Four, which killed his stock. He taken 42nd overall by the Heat who ended up cutting him to make room for one of their super old big men (I forget which one).

Now Butler has finally been cleared to play and the Spurs jumped on him. It's unlikely he'll play at all for the San Antonio but will finish up rehab on his knee while maybe watching his new team make a championship run. Not bad. (Butler is a 6-7 small forward and the Spurs say he'll be placed on the inactive list.)

This just feels like one of those savvy Spurs signings where they might find a diamond in the rough. All they did was give up a roster spot to let Butler practice with them. They get to evaluate him, see if they want to put him on their summer team and maybe have a nice role player for next season. Butler can play.

Again, he was the key piece for the West Virginia team that made a run to last year's Final Four and with him, the Mountaineers have a really good chance against Duke and maybe are the ones hoisting a trophy at the end. Who knows.

Point is, Da'Sean Butler is a pretty good player. The question is about whether his knee has recovered and if he can hold up for an NBA season. The Spurs, being a franchise that lives off these type of calculated risks, were willing to go for it. And it might just pay off for them. If it does, would anyone be surprised?
Category: NBA

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2011 9:19 pm

Spurs sign Butler; anything to take from it?

Again, the team that has made a living at the bottom of the draft order and still can get talent to keep them at the top. Butler fits their style since he is a long player who plays D but does not take a lot of shots.

San Antonio is the only team that has not made a major trade to upgrade or restock their roster yet can still add players who make a difference. Hats off to them even if this does not work out.

And a smart more by Butler and his agent because he could find an open starting spot in the next year or two. No such chance with the Heat.

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2011 5:42 pm

Spurs sign Butler; anything to take from it?

Great pick up the kid is going to be good, the heat should have signed him and dropped dropped howard.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:20 pm

Spurs sign Butler; anything to take from it?

I realize these players need to sign on with whoever will take them, but Miami already paid him a good chunk of change this year, and were letting him rehab at their facilities all this time. He would've had a legitimate chance to make the rotation next year. It's a shame, cuz the Heat could use all the cheap help they can get.

Good for him though. Kid is a winner, and will continue to get an opportunity to be a winner. If Miami could have signed DaJuan Blair a couple of drafts ago like San Antonio did, they wouldn't need 4 centers on their team. When you're a small market team you better be damn good at finding talent, and San Antonio is probably the best.

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