NBA Roundtable

Raptors Sign R.Butler and A.Carter

In Free Agency on December 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm

The Toronto Star reports

Aside from 32-year-old swingman Rasual Butler, who signed with the team Saturday, the Raptors are poised to add 36-year-old point guard Anthony Carter as early as Sunday, putting some age at the end of the team’s bench.

In another day of whirlwind activity trying to get bodies in that may be serviceable this year and not cause any disruption to the financial plan for the future.

The Raps like their veteran leadership

“That’s one of the main reasons whoever else we bring in is going to have some experience,” coach Dwane Casey said after watching Butler go through his first workout and anticipating Carter’s arrival on Sunday. “What we want to do is put veteran players, veteran leadership around Andrea and DeMar and James and our young guys.”

More from Casey on Butler

“I was really impressed with him today,” Casey said of the 6-7 swingman Butler. “He’s a three-point shooter, he’s an experienced player in this league. He had every excuse to come in today and not really give it to us, he flew in from L.A. on an all-night flight but I was really impressed with his play. He knows how to play and he adds that veteran feel to our group.

“Defensively, I was just as impressed. He knew where to be, knew how to rotate, so we were impressed with him from that standpoint.

Excellent minimum contract additions

  • Rasual Butler is a quality role player at the two guard position. At that spot, he is an above average defender and adequate rebounder. He is spot up shooter offensively.
  • Butler is sometimes used as a small forward but his effectiveness usually drops off at that position. He loses some of his luster defensively when he goes from having a size advantage to being at a disadvantage (good height at 6-8 but lacks bulk/strength, struggles against more physical threes). His relative strength as a rebounder also becomes problematic. Overall, he becomes a very poor player and not rotation-worthy as a three.
  • Anthony Carter is a very good third string PG. Still plays average defense and is a solid rebounder. Limited offensive player in every way but he brings some veteran leadership and composure as a floor general.
  • Carter brings real physical and mental toughness. Great competitor. The type of mentality you love to have on your team. He’ll be a welcome addition and alternative (defender/rebounder) to a Jose Calderon (offensive facilitator), Leandro Barbosa (scorer) and Jerryd Bayless (scorer).
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