Bulls reportedly to pick up bought out Butler

Per Ric Bucher of ESPN:

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.

Looks like the Bulls' problem of acquiring a shooting guard upgrade isn't one after all.

Butler is averaging just 5 points this season for the Clippers, but averages a career 8.6
points. He isn't as young, explosive, and dynamic as other guys linked
to the Bulls such as O.J. Mayo and Courtney Lee, but he's always been a
reliable shooter and decent defender.

The Bulls passed on acquiring Lee because the Houston Rockets wanted Omer Asik or Taj Gibson in return, and they failed to acquire Mayo after reportedly offering Ronnie Brewer and three draft picks.

Butler won't be the major acquisition that will turn the Bulls into instant favorites in the East, but he's certainly a better than current Bulls starter Keith Bogans.

Not quite sure if he's better overall than Ronnie Brewer, or as good of a shooter as Kyle Korver, but this move would let the Bulls put Butler into the starting lineup, with Brewer and Bogans backing him up. While Korver would be the primary backup for Luol Deng.

Tom Thibodeau loves Brewer's energy, which is why he's been on the bench, so signing Butler would let Thibodeau keep Brewer in that role while having a much better starter in Butler.

However, Butler to the Bulls might not be a done deal, as Marc Spears of Yahoo! reported in a series of tweets on his Twitter feed.

SpearsNBAYahoo

Potential suitors for @RasualButler45 once he clears waivers includes BOS, ATL, NJ, NY and OKC, source tells Y! Sports.


SpearsNBAYahoo

While Bulls interested too, source close to @RasualButler45 says he is wide open and also considering aforementioned teams.

Butler would be a solid acquisition for the Bulls as they attempt to make a deep run in the playoffs. However, it doesn't seem like a done-deal yet, as Bucher and Spears' reports are conflicting.

More to come, Bulls fans.

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  • I think if the Bulls pick up Rasual Butler they should move Brewer into the starting line-up and bring Butler off the bench with the second unit.

  • In reply to johcoh:

    If the Bulls do pick up Butler, I'd assume Thibodeau would keep Bogans in the starting-five for a little while, and then switch over to Butler once he gets comfortable.

    Thibodeau seems to love Brewer's energy, motor off the bench, so a lot will have to change for him to make up his mind and put him into the starting lineup.

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