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.