A thin Raptors roster got a little slimmer on Friday with the news that veteran forward Rasual Butler was waived by the club.
Butler, who was brought in for his defence and ability to stretch the floor on offence, never really found his shot this season– he connected on just 30 per cent of his shots from the field and hit at only a 27 per cent clip from beyond the arc.
His best game with the Raptors came against the Knicks in New York (tonight’s opponent) where he put up season-highs in points (13) and rebounds (10) in a 90-85 win back on January 2nd.
The move allows Butler to potentially latch on with a team in need of veteran help down the stretch, but what’s more notable is that the Raptors now have just 12 players on the roster, one below the league requirement.
“This move allows us the option to look at other wing prospects down the stretch of the season while affording Rasual the opportunity to sign with and help a playoff-bound team,” said Bryan Colangelo.
No player has immediately been pegged to fill the team’s final roster spot and the Raptors reportedly have a little time before they’re required to get back to the league minimum.