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Spurs sign Da’Sean Butler for remainder of season


The Spurs have decided to take a smart, calculated risk on Da’Sean Butler, and have signed the free agent forward, reports Hoopsworld’s Alex Kennedy on twitter.

Just a year ago Butler was leading West Virginia into the NCAA Final Four — where he blew out his ACL against Duke. Teams are leery of guys coming off surgery so the certain first-round pick fell to second round where the Miami drafted him No. 42 overall. They gave him guaranteed money.

But in October, as he was slow to bounce back from the surgery and the Heat were looking to add depth to their roster they waived him. Butler continued his rehab on his own.

Just days ago he was cleared for on-court workouts.

Now the Spurs have picked him up. Teams make this move at this time of year, grab a prospect to fill out the roster spot, use him as an extra body in practice and see how well he fits in with the team. Basically, it’s a baseball-style call up and the Spurs can decide after that if they want to keep him around or not.

We likely will not see Butler in any Spurs games, he was placed on the inactive list by the Spurs as he continues his recovery. But the Spurs will be evaluating and they have a track record of finding guys like this that fit what they want to do and it working out very well for them.

Winderman: Still time to add good player (or Eddy Curry) to playoff roster


Yes, there still is time.

With all of its deadlines, be it the mid-February trading deadline or the March 1 buyout deadline, the NBA is surprisingly lax when it comes to its playoff-roster deadline.

Spend at least one game on the roster prior to the postseason and you’re playoff eligible, provided you were not on another team’s roster beyond Match 1.

The most famous better-late-than-never example is center Charles Jones, who signed with the Houston Rockets on April 22, 1995, played in the regular-season finale against the Utah Jazz, and went on to win a championship ring that year.

Actually, there are a variety of reasons for adding players this late. For some teams, it is a chance to work with prospects through the postseason, sort of utilizing the extra weeks as the equivalent of spring football, if you will.

The Celtics took that approach last April, when they added Oliver Lafayette and Tony Gaffney, providing extra bodies to a veteran roster during a long playoff run. Each was signed for the balance of 2009-10, plus for an option year.

With a lockout looming, it could be an approach teams with vacant roster spots take in coming weeks, even if they are not playoff bound. The upside is having players immediately available should there be an abrupt end to a lockout on the eve of the 2011-12 season.

The Bulls got a jump on the process over the weekend by adding Jannero Pargo and John Lucas III.

Will others follow?

There certainly are enough names out there, although players with European contracts cannot summarily be summoned back stateside.

So who’s out there for the picking?

More than a few familiar names, in this case with each carrying the bonus of being playoff eligible, as well:

Eddy Curry, Antonio Daniels, Rafer Alston, Mike James, Devean George, Darius Miles, Chris Richard, Anthony Johnson. Da’Sean Butler, Larry Hughes, Jamaal Tinsley, Jerry Stackhouse, Michael Finley, Ime Udoka, Ronald Dupree, Adam Morrison, Bobby Simmons, Joe Alexander, Antoine Walker, Mikki Moore, Sean Williams, Shavlik Randolph, Morris Peterson, and Kelenna Azubuike.

No, we’re not even necessarily talking the level of D-League All-Star (players in the D-League on NBA loan are not available), but there are other Jannero Pargos and John Lucases out there for the claiming.

And in the NBA, it’s never too late.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/IraHeatBeat.

Heat make final roster cuts, Beverley and Butler out; Heat go big with Magloire

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It makes sense. If the Miami Heat have a real weakness it’s at the five — they need all the centers they can get.

So when it came down to the final two roster cuts Monday, gone was point guard Patrick Beverley and injured forward Da’Sean Butler, according to a tweet from Ira Winderman.

Staying is center Jamaal Magloire, who may be needed to be a banger in the paint in certain matchups this season. Like maybe Tuesday against Shaquille O’Neal and Boston.

No real surprise here. Still it has to be disappointing for Butler, a top college player at West Virginia who blew out his knee in the NCAA tournament, dropping him out of the first round as a pick, and now he is cut. He’ll be back and land on somebody’s roster next year.