The Thunder hasn’t pursued many bought-out players through the years because the timing is tricky. You’re often adding an established player in mid-season and, therefore, tinkering with chemistry and continuity, two potentially combustible areas. It’s forced OKC to be selective, targeting only team-first guys who are willing to put aside their egos and individual goals to be part of something bigger than themselves.
But, as we’ve seen with Fisher and now Butler, when the Thunder has spotted the right fits, the team has pounced.
Butler is a 12-year veteran and two-time All-Star who won a championship with Dallas in 2011. He holds career averages of 15.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals in 764 games, 710 as a starter.
His role and playing time will be determined by Thunder coach Scott Brooks, but it’s likely several current rotation players will be forced to sacrifice to create minutes for him.
Adjustments will have to be made.
But by now, we know the Thunder wouldn’t be willing to travel this road if both Butler and the current group weren’t prepared to handle it.