Shams Charania reports that the Wolves are bringing veteran wing player Rasual Butler to training camp on a non-guaranteed deal.
Sources: Minnesota will sign veteran Rasual Butler on non-guaranteed deal. Butler made Pacers, Wizards, Spurs out of camp over past 3 years.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 22, 2016
Butler is a 37 year old veteran who has managed to keep his NBA career going over the last several seasons by making teams out of training camp. It’s a testament to him that he remains an NBA player at his age despite being primarily a bench player throughout his career.
Last season he appeared in 46 games for the San Antonio Spurs, averaging under 10 minutes per contest, but he played a bigger role for the Washington Wizards in 2014-15, averaging 20 minutes per game in 75 games.
He has been a decent three point shooter throughout his career (36% on fairly high volume), but his best trait is his professionalism. That’s what has kept him the league so long, and probably what appeals to Tom Thibodeau.
This is a make-good contract, and it’s hard to judge his chances of making the final roster. The Wolves currently have 15 players under guaranteed contracts, which is the maximum allowed once the season begins. That could change, of course, as we await resolution on Kevin Garnett’s situation, and space can be made in other ways as well.
The Wolves desperately need wing depth with the current roster, so finding a way to keep Butler around could very well be in their plans.