The Bulls signed Rasual Butler on Thursday, who cleared waivers on Wednesday after being bought out by the Clippers, and was told by management beforehand that he would likely not enter Tom Thibodeau's rotation, K.C. Johnson reported at the Chicago Tribune:
"Look, this is already a successful team," Butler said by phone Thursday
afternoon. "They're third in the East for a reason. I'm just looking to
fit in wherever."
Butler, 31, said he turned down interest from other contenders like the Celtics and Thunder because he appreciated the Bulls' honesty about his role and it felt like the best fit.
"I knew they had a little interest in me before the (trade) deadline," Butler said. "I know they need a little more outside shooting. Coach (Tom) Thibodeau and (general manager) Gar Forman were really honest with me letting me know the guys in the rotation are already doing a really good job.
Butler will participate in the shootaround Friday in Orlando before the Bulls face the Magic. With 13 players on the roster, either him, Brian Scalabrine, or Kurt Thomas will have to be inactive. It'll be weird to have a player in street clothes on the bench that isn't injured.
Butler was in and out of Vinny Del Negro's rotation in L.A. for unknown
reasons, despite their injury problems. Because of that, he's only
played 41 games and scored 5.0 PPG, shooting a .326 3P%, and a .416
eFG%.The 31-year-old, 6-foot-7, shooting guard/small forward combined to
score 11.6 PPG, shooting a .360 3P%, playing every game in the 2008-09
and 2009-10 seasons -- starting 138 of the 164 games.
He added, in his conversation with K.C.: "But I liked Coach Thibodeau's approach and how serious he is. I was
drafted by Pat Riley, so I know about serious people. I respect that."
That translates into: willing defender who likes a fire lit under his ass for more energetic, smarter defense. I like it.