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Rasual Butler agrees to non-guaranteed contract with the Pacers

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Rasual Butler #45 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks to maneuver against Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the season opening game at Staples Center on October 27, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Rasual Butler played 10 NBA seasons for five different teams, but couldn’t catch on with anyone last year.

Instead of taking his more than $20 million in gross career earnings and drifting into retirement, Butler worked on getting better in the D-League, and averaged 17.8 points in 31 games for Tulsa.

He continued that comeback effort with the Pacers at the Orlando Summer League, and Indiana liked what they saw enough to offer Butler a non-guaranteed contract for the upcoming season.

From Shams Charania of RealGM:

Free agent forward Rasual Butler has reached agreement on a non-guaranteed contract with the Indiana Pacers, agent Joel Bell told RealGM.

Despite the deal being non-guaranteed, Butler is expected to receive a shot to battle for his standing in training camp and preseason.


Butler played all 82 games in both 2009 with the Hornets and 2010 with the Clippers.

The Pacers have just 12 players with guaranteed contracts in place for next season, and considering their aspirations of playing deep into the postseason, you can expect them to want to add some capable depth to the roster.

Butler will have his opportunity, and it sounds like he’s well on his way to making the most of it.