The Miami Heat signed rookie Da’Sean Butler to a two-year, $1.3 million contract on Monday.
Butler’s minimum salary contract will pay him $473,604 and $788,872, respectively, for this season and next. The first season is $300,000 guaranteed. The second season is fully unguaranteed, becoming 50% guaranteed if he is not waived before June 20, 2011, and becoming fully guaranteed if he is not waived before opening night of next season.
The contract offer is surprising to put it nicely, but unwise is a more accurate description.
Butler will be competing for the 15th and final roster spot with Patrick Beverley (who received a fully-guaranteed two-year, $1.3 million contract) and Kenny Hasbrouck (who has a $250,000 partial guarantee).
But he is not healthy. And he figures not to be for quite a while. Butler continues to rehab from the devastating knee injury he sustained in the Final Four of last season’s NCAA tournament.
Doctors originally thought Butler could be cleared for some basketball activity by the beginning of the NBA season. But the 6-foot-7 swingman had a setback with his surgically repaired left knee in July, leading to a second surgery that further pushed back when he could return to the court.
“I couldn’t tell you when I’ll be back,” says Butler. “I’ve been trying to find out from my doctors and trainers when would be the perfect time and I get the same answer every time. Everybody’s body is different, so when you’re better, you’re better. You’ll know when you’re better and we’ll know you’re better. So, they will let me know when I’m good to go and I’m fine to do something. All I can do is just wait it out.”
Butler was presumably signed so that his rehab process could be directed by the Heat training staff. Ironically, however, the signing makes it substantially more unlikely he will ever play for the Heat. Read more…