The Bulls may have found a player to add for the stretch run.
The Los Angeles Times and ESPN.com both reported that Clippers swingman Rasual Butler is about to be waived and plans to sign with the Bulls. Players must be released by their current teams by March 1 to be eligible for the playoffs with a new team.
The 6-foot-7 Butler, 31, has been a valuable role player during nine NBA seasons with the Heat, Hornets and Clippers. He’s best known for being a streaky 3-point shooter, with a career .361 percentage from long range.
Butler’s highest scoring average came last season with the Clippers when he averaged 11.9 points.
He’s not exactly the upgrade at shooting guard the Bulls are seeking, since Kyle Korver is a better shooter and Ronnie Brewer a superior defender. But he’ll add some quality, veteran depth that might be helpful in the event of an injury.
Butler would have to clear waivers before the Bulls could try to sign him as a free agent. If signed, he would be the 13th player on the Bulls roster.
The Bulls will be watching to see if any bigger names receive contract buyouts. Mike Bibby, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince are among the players who could become available.