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Top John Butler News

  • Wizards' John Butler: Gets two-way deal with Washington

    Butler agreed to a two-way contract with the Wizards on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    After getting cut loose by Portland following the conclusion of the preseason, Butler quickly caught on with another organization on a two-way pact. The seven-foot, 190-pound Butler was a two-way player with the Trail Blazers throughout the 2022-23 campaign, but he appeared in just 19 games at the NBA level, averaging 2.4 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 11.6 minutes per contest. The 20-year-old isn't projected to open the season as a member of Washington's rotation, but he should have a better chance at carving out a role in a Wizards frontcourt that's lacking in quality depth behind frontcourt starters Kyle Kuzma and Daniel Gafford.

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  • John Butler: Let go by Portland

    Butler was waived by the Trail Blazers on Friday, Sean Highkin of RoseGardenReport.com reports.

    Butler was waived in order to make room for Justin Minaya's two-way roster spot. Butler made 19 NBA appearances last season but will likely spend the 2023-24 campaign with the Trail Blazers' G League affiliate, the Rip City Remix.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Remains in Portland on two-way deal

    Butler agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Portland on Wednesday, Michael Scotto of USA Today reports.

    Butler appeared in 19 games for the Trail Blazers last season as a two-way player and averaged 2.4 points across 11.6 minutes. However, with the departure of Drew Eubanks, Butler could be in line for a larger role at the center position behind Jusuf Nurkic, especially in light of the fact that Portland is transitioning to a youth movement across the board.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Coming off bench Saturday

    Butler will come off the bench for Saturday's matchup against the Clippers, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.

    Butler got the nod and played 37 minutes during Thursday's loss to the Spurs, but Kevin Knox will draw the start Saturday. Across the past six games, Butler has averaged 5.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals in 23.2 minutes.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Stars defensively in start

    Butler ended Thursday's 129-127 loss to San Antonio with 12 points (4-11 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals across 37 minutes.

    Butler drew his first career start Thursday and was excellent defensively, posting multiple tallies in each defensive category. With the Trail Blazers essentially shutting down a majority of its regulars, Butler has seen an increased role over the past six games, averaging 5.5 points in 23.2 minutes, but the undrafted rookie out of Florida State has picked up his production over his past two appearances, posting 11.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in 31.0 minutes during those contests.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Starting Thursday

    Butler will move into the starting lineup for Thursday's game in San Antonio.

    Shaedon Sharpe (knee) is out, so Butler will replace him in the first unit and will be joined by Skylar Mays, Jeenathan Williams, Trendon Watford and Drew Eubanks. Butler will have a ton of opportunity Thursday evening, but he hasn't been terribly impressive since becoming a regular part of the rotation, posting averages of 4.2 points and 2.0 rebounds over the past five games.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Cleared to play

    Butler (ankle) has been cleared for Tuesday against the Grizzlies.

    The Blazers will have only nine players available Tuesday. Butler has been seeing minutes in the teens for Portland, averaging 2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds over the past four games.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Questionable Tuesday

    Butler (ankle) is questionable Tuesday at Memphis.

    With the Blazers in full-on tank mode, Butler has played double-digit minutes in four straight games, but he departed Sunday's contest against Minnesota with a sprained left ankle. Portland will wait to see how the ankle feels Tuesday before making a call on his status.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Injures ankle Sunday

    Butler has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Timberwolves due to a left ankle injury.

    Butler will finish Sunday's contest with five points (2-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt) and one rebound across 18 minutes off the bench. He can be viewed as questionable for the Trail Blazers' next game Tuesday versus the Grizzlies until the team provides an update on his status.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Plays season-high 26 minutes

    Butler had three points (1-6 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals over 26 minutes during Wednesday's 120-80 loss to the Kings.

    With a majority of Portland's regular sidelined, Butler cracked the rotation for a second straight game and finished with a season-high 26 minutes. The undrafted rookie out of Florida State figures to continue getting opportunities down the stretch, but he's unlikely to produce consistently enough to crack fantasy relevancy.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Back with NBA team

    The Trail Blazers recalled Butler from the G League's Stockton Kings on Tuesday.

    Butler rejoins Portland following a six-game stint with Stockton in which he averaged 8.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocks in 24.0 minutes per game. The seven-foot big man will offer the Trail Blazers some depth in the frontcourt Tuesday against the Knicks, but he isn't a lock to be included in head coach Chauncey Billups' rotation.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Makes overall impact

    Butler tallied 15 points (5-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt), six rebounds, four blocks and one assist in Saturday's 129-106 win over the Legends.

    Butler recorded a game-high four blocks in Saturday's blowout victory. His efficient scoring also helped him post a plus-32 point differential off the bench.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Makes Stockton debut

    Butler recorded eight points (3-5 FG, 2-4 3Pt), five rebounds and two blocks in Tuesday's 122-111 win over the Charge.

    Butler has spent the majority of the season with the Portland Trail Blazers but has been assigned to Stockton as the NBA club has no G League affiliate. His efficient scoring helped Stockton win comfortably Tuesday.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Back to G League

    The Trail Blazers transferred Butler to the G League's Stockton Kings on Saturday.

    Portland doesn't have a G League affiliate, so Butler will head to the Kings' affiliate. It'll be the undrafted rookie's first stint in the G League.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Rare appearance in thumping win

    Butler provided no counting stats in one minute during Monday's 147-127 win over the Spurs.

    Butler made it onto the court for just the fifth time all season, an impressive feat in itself. He was unable to put the ball in the basket, leaving his career total at just two points. It's always nice to see young guys getting out there, but from a fantasy perspective, we can obviously disregard this news.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Off injury report

    Butler (illness) isn't listed on the injury report for Thursday's game versus the Nuggets.

    Butler appears to be available for the Trail Blazers following a pair of absences due to illness. Even so, Butler has logged a total of 14 minutes for Portland this season, so his return shouldn't impact the rotation.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Out again

    Butler (illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Pacers.

    Butler will miss a second straight game due to an illness. His absence won't impact Portland's rotation.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Out Saturday

    Butler is out Saturday against the Jazz due to a non-COVID illness, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.

    Butler's absence won't affect Portland's rotation. His next chance to play is Sunday against the Pacers.

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  • Trail Blazers' John Butler: Set to play Wednesday

    Butler (finger) is available for Wednesday's game versus the Hornets.

    While Butler doesn't consistently handle minutes, he could see a handful Wednesday with both Jerami Grant (ankle) and Jusuf Nurkic (thigh) missing the contest, voiding a large chunk of frontcourt minutes. He's generally viewed as a depth piece and remains off the fantasy radar.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 7-0, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Greenville, SC
Age: 21
School: Florida St.
Experience: 1