In an effort to continue the never-ending process of filling roster spots, the Miami Heat signed rookie small forward Da’Sean Butler to a two-year contract on Monday.
Butler received partial financial guarantees for both years of the deal and will ultimately compete for the final roster spot with guards Patrick Beverley and Kenny Hasbrouck. Beverley has a fully-guranteed two-year contract worth $1.2 million, and Hasbrouck has a partially guaranteed two-year contract that terms have not yet been disclosed for.
Complicating matters further is that Butler is currently recovering from a knee injury he sustained during his last college game. While playing in a Final Four game this past April, he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament. All reports indicate that he will not be ready to play come training camp. Despite his injury, though, Butler has drawn favorable comparisons from team President Pat Riley, who likens him to another small forward who played for the team a few seasons ago: Caron Butler.
Meanwhile, Da'Sean Butler averaged 14.4 points and 5.5 rebounds during his 136 college games at West Virginia. With 2095 total points, he ranks third in school history behind Jerry West and Rod Hundley.
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