Heat signs Da’Sean Butler, pushing roster to 18

Former West Virginia star Da’Sean Butler has signed with the
Miami Heat, becoming the team’s 18th player under contract going
into training camp.

Butler was the 42nd pick in this year’s draft. He was projected
as a potential lottery choice before he tore a ligament in his left
knee during the Mountaineers’ Final Four loss to eventual NCAA
champion Duke.

The Heat ranked Butler as the 21st-best player in the draft,
after he averaged 17.2 points for West Virginia as a senior.

Doctors believe the torn ACL in Butler’s left knee should be
fully healed in time for the NBA season, and the team expects him
to be ready to participate in at least some aspects of camp when
formal workouts begin in late September.