The Timberwolves informed Butler on Saturday that he would be released, Darren Wolfson of KTSP-TV reports. Butler had made NBA rosters in each of the last three seasons despite not receiving a fully-guaranteed contract in any of those years, but that streak came to an end Saturday. The veteran's reliability from the three-point line could allow him to latch on somewhere else around the league, though at 37 years old, Butler may also view retirement as an option.
Butler signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Timberwolves on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. Butler will now attempt to make the Wolves' final roster out of training camp, potentially filling the void left by Kevin Garnett, who is reportedly working toward a contract settlement with Minnesota. Each of the last three seasons, Butler has begun the year on a non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed contract and has been able to earn his way onto the roster for the Pacers (2013-14), Wizards (2014-15) and Spurs (2015-16). Last season, Butler appeared in 46 games for San Antonio, averaging 2.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game. As he enters his age-37 season, Butler is unlikely to provide more than veteran bench depth for Minnesota, should he ultimately make the roster.
Butler was waived by the Spurs on Wednesday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports. The move comes in response to the team needing to clear a spot for Kevin Martin, who agreed to sign with San Antonio over the weekend. Butler was far from a fixture in the rotation this season, but he appeared in 46 games, averaging 2.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game. The 36-year-old won't be playoff-eligible this season, so he's unlikely to find a new home until the offseason.
Butler played 11 minutes and provided two points (1-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and two assists in Monday's 119-101 win over the Heat. Butler has seen double-digit minutes in two of the last three games, but went unused in the Spurs' more closely-contested win over the Lakers on Feb. 6. As such, Butler's appearances are likely to be limited to games where the outcome is already well in hand, so don't count on his minutes being consistent.
Butler (coach's decision) was inactive in Monday's 106-79 win over the Nets. The Spurs aren't dealing with any injuries at the moment, and with Butler either ranking as the 14th or 15th man on the squad, there hasn't been an opportunity for him to see the court much recently. He's appeared in only one of his team's last nine contests.
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