Rasual Butler played his way onto the Pacers roster last year and he will try to do the same this year with the Washington Wizards. According to reports, Butler signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Wiz.
Butler defines veteran journeyman, but he played a strong role in the locker room for the Pacers last season, working with David West in many a post-game meeting to try and keep the Pacers from crumbling completely down the stretch. He also stayed ready to pitch in on the court when Evan Turner couldn't get things going off the bench in the playoffs.
So while things didn't work out for the Pacers, as they hoped last season, Butler remains the type of player a young contending team can use to help add to the chemistry of a winner. With the addition of Paul Pierce the Wizards have veteran talent to help push their young stars, but Butler could still give them a back-up plan if second-year forward Otto Porter isn't quite ready for a prime time role.
While it would've been nice to have Butler return to the Fieldhouse this year, there was no longer any room on the roster and with the addition of C.J. Miles, Rodney Stuckey and Damjan Rudez, the Pacers are no longer a group of youngsters in need of an extra veteran voice.