Da’Sean Butler signed with the Miami Heat last night. Da’Sean Butler becomes the 18th player signed by the Miami Heat for the upcoming season, meaning that there will need to be some moves made to get the roster down to 15 by the time the regular season gets started. For now, though, Butler becomes the 18th player to be invited to the Heat training camp, fleshing out a roster that was almost vacated of players at the end of the 2009-10 NBA season. It should also give the Heat a number of options to evaluate as they head into the highly anticipated season.
Da’Sean Butler played for West Virginia last season, and has set himself up to be a lottery pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He averaged 17.2 points per game during his senior season, and was primed to make the jump into the NBA with a lot of style. In his last college game against Duke in the 2010 NCAA Final Four, Butler tore a ligament in his left knee that brought his basketball playing days to a stand-still. It was an awful way for his college days to come to an end, and it really caused his stock to plummet when it came to the 2010 NBA Draft. Miami took a flyer on him though, drafting Butler as the 42nd overall pick in the second round.
According to ESPN, doctors believe that Butler’s torn ACL should be fully healed by the time the NBA regular season gets underway. If that is true, then Butler could really turn into a huge asset coming off the bench for these new-look Miami Heat. It’s not a guarantee that he will ever get back to his playing ability at West Virginia, but if he has been rehabbing this injury well, there is also the chance that he could become a great surprise for Heat fans. He had the basketball smarts to become one of the best players in college basketball, and that could go a long way in the NBA game.
The Miami Heat roster for the 2010-11 season is going to look much different than last year, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The additions of Chris Bosh and LeBron James ate up a lot of the salary room on the roster, so they have pieced things together with quite a few players that were willing to take pay cuts. As Butler is only being paid a rookie salary for the next few years, if he can contribute with any consistency, he could turn into the steal of the 2010 NBA Draft. Butler will give Heat fans their first look when he takes to the court during their preseason games.