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 contract with the Timberwolves on Thursday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports 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. In 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 the Timberwolves, 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 the Spurs 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. The 36-year-old won't be eligible for the postseason, 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.
Butler scored seven points off the bench against the 76ers on Monday with five rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.
The Spurs sat Kawhi Leonard (illness), Tim Duncan (rest), and Manu Ginobili (rest) against Philadelphia, and Butler was the recipient of a lot minutes due to that. The Spurs will get back to full strength Wednesday and Butler's value is very low moving forward.
Butler scored five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt) to go along with two rebounds in ten minutes in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee.
Butler hasn't been a significant factor for the Spurs this season. Though he has played in all but two contests on the season he's averaging just 8.7 minutes and 2.0 points per game. It doesn't appear likely that Butler will step into a larger role anytime soon, and if his minutes don't improve he shouldn't be looked to for much, if any, fantasy output.
Butler didn't attempt a shot in his minute of playing time against New York in the Spurs' 94-84 win Monday.
The veteran small forward saw a majority of his time this season in the Spurs' blowout of the Nets last Friday where he saw a season-high of 11 minutes. Aside from that, his opportunities to play have been little to none for San Antonio. Butler provides yet another veteran presence to the locker room, however he will be hard pressed to find a substantial role coming behind Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Anderson on the depth chart.
The Wizards are hoping to end a five-game skid this Saturday but may not have guard Bradley Beal to help them do that.
Beal, who has a sore big right toe, has been listed as questionable for Saturday's road game against the Nets, according to CSN Washington's J. Michael. Beal underwent tests on his toe Friday with the results putting his status for the Nets game in doubt.
Beal left during the first quarter of Thursday's loss to the Hornets due to the injury.
Rasual Butler and Otto Porter are the next men up if Beal is unable to play.
Wizards forward Rasual Butler continues to torch opponents from the 3-point line.
Butler finished 4 of 5 from 3-point range to help lead the Wizards to a 110-95 victory over the Timberwolves Tuesday. Butler scored 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting. He added five rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
Butler is shooting 51.5 percent from 3-point range this season. The 23 points marked the fourth time Butler has scored 20 or more points off the bench this season.
The Wizards next play Friday at Miami.
Wizards small forward Rasual Butler scored a team-high 22 points on 8 of 17 shooting, including 6 of 10 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 101-93 loss to the Celtics Sunday.
Butler played 30 minutes off the bench while delivering an excellent performance from behind the arc, making at least six three-pointers in a game for the first time since March 2010. However, the Wizards were unable to prevent the team's four-game winning streak from coming to an end. They'll face the Celtics again Monday.
Wizards small forward Rasual Butler scored a season-high 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting, including 3 of 5 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 113-87 loss to the Cavaliers Wednesday.
Butler's playing time has been spotty this season, though he's continued to shoot well regardless of his usage. Wednesday's shooting percentage was in line with his 60.5 percent mark in November. He also kicked in one rebound, one steal and one block in 28 minutes in the loss. His next game comes Saturday against New Orleans.
The Pacers cleared the bench Thursday, in a blowout win over the Knicks.
With the game clearly in hand, little-used reserves Chris Copeland, Donald Sloan, Orlando Johnson and Rasual Butler all saw playing time. Copeland was the most productive of the four, finishing with four points and four rebounds in five minutes of action, while Sloan and Johnson added two points apiece. Butler was scoreless on three field-goal attempts in five minutes.
The Pacers have a pretty set rotation, so these four rarely see the floor. Though all four have appeared in each of the last three games, none have played double-digit minutes in that span.
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