The Denver Nuggets finally signed some big man insurance. They passed on players like Mikki Moore and Jake Voskul and signed center Brian Butch of the Bakersfield Jam for the remainder of the season. Butch played his college career at Wisconsin closing out his senior season in 2008. In 2008-09 he played overseas and signed with Bakersfield this season. He has posted very good numbers in the D-League, 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds, and had a very impressive March boosting his averages to 18.5 points and 15.7 boards.
I honestly do not know much about Butch, but Ridiculous Upside does a great job covering the D-League and has some insight on Butch complete with video highlights.
I would not expect Butch to play much, he is likely just an insurance policy, but it is entirely possible he could take a few minutes from Malik Allen against teams with size. Perhaps the real story is that Chris Andersen’s ankle will keep him out of commission longer than we had hoped, but that is only speculation.
An interesting aspect of the story is Butch’s contract reportedly contains a non-guaranteed salary for 2010-11. I would imagine it is for the league minimum, or close to it, but it still could be a small trade chip to be used this summer.
Hopefully, with Bakersfield losing a top notch athlete it will make things easier on Taft.
Update: Scott over at RU has posted his thoughts on the call up for Butch and he thinks Denver pulled the trigger on the wrong guy.