Shams Charania of The Vertical reported Thursday that the Minnesota Timberwolves have signed veteran swingman Rasual Butler to a non-guaranteed training camp deal.
The 37-year-old has signed similar deals with the Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs in each of the last three years and wound up earning a roster spot each time. Butler has also spent time in the past with the Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Hornets and Miami Heat. He was originally selected by the Heat late in the second-round of the 2002 NBA Draft out of La Salle.
Butler has averaged a modest 7.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game during the course of his 13 NBA seasons, though his excellent three-point shooting has extended his career. He has connected on just over 36 percent of his long-range attempts as a professional, though that number jumped to 41.9 percent with the Pacers and 38.7 percent with the Wizards.
Even so, Butler’s three-point shooting dipped to just 30.6 percent in very limited duty with San Antonio last season.
The Timberwolves already have 15 guaranteed contracts on the books for next season, though reports indicate that veteran forward Kevin Garnett is likely to be bought-out and will subsequently retire. Training camp invitees John Lucas III and Toure’ Murry will battle Butler for that soon-to-be vacated roster spot.
Minnesota was the third-worst team in the Western Conference last season, but many are expecting an improvement in 2016-2017. In addition to new head coach Tom Thibodeau, the Timberwolves also drafted guard Kris Dunn and added veterans Cole Aldrich, Jordan Hill and Brandon Rush via free agency.