Former Washington Wizard Rasual Butler and his wife Leah LaBelle were killed in a car crash Wednesday in Studio City, California, TMZ first reported.
The couple were involved in a single-car crash at 2 a.m. on Wednesday. Butler, 38, reportedly lost control of their Range Rover, which struck a nearby parking meter, slammed into a wall and flipped.
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Butler was a 13-year NBA veteran who played for eight different teams over the course of his career, including the Wizards during the 2014-15 season. He provided a spark off the bench with three-point shooting during a critical stretch of the Wizards season, making him a beloved figure among fans and teammates. He most recently played for the San Antonio Spurs.
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Before Butler's long NBA career, the Philadelphia native was a two-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 player at La Salle, earning him induction into the school's Hall of Fame. Butler went on to be selected by the Miami Heat in the second round of the 2002 NBA Draft.
His wife, LaBelle, was an Epic Records R&B recording artist and placed 12th in the third season of American Idol.
The Washington Wizards signed point guard Ramon Sessions to a 10-day free agent contract on Thursday. Here are five things to know about the newest Wizards player...
**Sessions has played for Washington before. He was acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline in 2015 and played out the 2014-15 season, appearing in 28 regular season games and 10 more in the playoffs. Sessions then spent the whole 2015-16 season with the team before leaving the following summer to sign a free agent deal with the Charlotte Hornets. In 1 1/2 seasons with the Wizards, Sessions averaged 9.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds. He shot 46 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three.
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**Sessions played one season for the Hornets and spent part of this year with the New York Knicks. The Knicks waived Sessions on Jan. 13. Over the past two seasons in Charlotte and New York, Sessions has averaged 5.7 points, 2.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 37 percent.
**This is Sessions' 11th NBA season. In addition to the Wizards, Hornets and Knicks, he has spent time with the Bucks, Cavs, Lakers and Kings. He began his career in Milwaukee after getting selected in the second round of the 2007 draft.
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**Sessions went to the University of Nevada from 2004 through 2007 and left an impressive legacy as one of the best players in the program's history. The school's practice facility is, in fact, named after Sessions. It is called the 'Ramon Sessions Basketball Performance Center' and Sessions donated $1 million towards construction costs.
**Sessions overlapped with former Wizards player JaVale McGee at Nevada. Sessions was in his final season as a junior when McGee was a freshman. The Wolfpack were quite good that year. They peaked at No. 10 in the nation, the highest ranking in school history, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
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For the Wizards, with a tough stretch coming and with John Wall still sidelined, depth and health is of the utmost importance.
With the team set to begin the second half of the 2018 NBA season on Thursday night against the Cavaliers, Scott Brooks and company decided to make a move to shore up their backcourt depth, a commodity the team cannot have enough of.
Veteran guard Ramon Sessions, who spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons in Washington, D.C., has been signed by the Wizards to a ten-day contract, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller confirms.
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The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN . Sessions played in 110 games for the Wizards over the course of his two seasons, playing in all 82 games during the 2015-16 season.
He joins the Wizards again having been waived by the New York Knicks on Jan. 13. Sessions averaged 12.8 mpg in 13 games for the Knicks.
Sessions is rejoining a former team for the third time in his career, having played in Milwaukee and Charlotte on two separate occasions.