“The Los Angeles Clippers have bought out Rasual Butler, and he plans to sign with the Chicago Bulls, a league source told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher. Butler must clear waivers before he can sign with the Bulls. Butler had the best scoring season of his career in 2009-10, averaging 11.9 points and 2.9 rebounds. This season he’s averaged 5.0 points and 1.9 rebounds. Butler is making $2.4 million in the last year of his contract.”
Other Butler notables: He’s a career 36.1 percent three-point shooter (32.6 percent this season) who has never had a Player Efficiency Rating higher than 11.8 (6.0 this season). He’s not much of a ball-handler, or an athlete, and he can’t rebound, create shots or get to the rim. On the plus side, he’s an aggressive and capable defender who makes good decisions, can hit from 16-23 feet (40+ percent the previous two seasons) and will stick the occasional triple (though not at a high percentage).
I’m not sure Butler is any better than Keith Bogans. Statistically, Bogans has been better this season, although neither player has been lighting it up. The reality is, Butler is more about veteran insurance than an actual upgrade at the shooting guard position.