I’ve spent a lot of time this summer following the exploits of Devin Ebanks, but have yet to mention De’Sean Butler. Butler was one of three players selected in the second round by the Miami Heat, and at first I thought things looked pretty good for making the roster despite the knee rehab. After all, in an attempt to keep D. Wade, and draw in some of his buddies they had cleared just about every roster spot. After the signing of the Big 3, I thought great, now they can’t afford to not sign him. After the Big 3 madness, the Heat started signing veteran players left and right. Mike Miller, Zydrunas Illgauskas, and Juwan Howard all inked deals, while also resigning Udonis Haslem, James Jones, Joel Anthony, Jamaal Magloire, and Carlos Arroyo.
I hate to say it, but they way things stand right now there may not be a spot for De’Sean the roster at the start of the year. Teams must carry at least 13 players with a maximum of 15, and 12 dressing per night. So here is what the Heat have right now…
1. Wade SG
2. James SF
3. Bosh PF
4. Miller SF
5. Ilgauskas C
6. Howard PF
7. Chalmers PG
8. Anthony PF
9. Haslem C
10. Jones SF
11. Arroyo PG
12. Magloire C
13. Pittman C, the only rookie. He makes it because he is large
14-15 These spots don’t even have to be filled by the team if they so choose. It would be between,
It’s all up to Heat management if they want to use one of the last 2 spots on Da, but no news on if they will fill those last two spots have surfaced. After he finishes rehab I see him starting in the D league and working his way up from there. I have no doubt he will work his way into the NBA at some point next season, but barring an injury to the above 13, it’s not looking like it will be with the Heat.
Thanks to New Miami Heat Roster Shaping Up for some valuable info.