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Brian Butch
C - 6'11, 240lbs - 39 years old - 1 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2017 season
  • Birthdate: 12/22/1984
  • Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2008
  • Pre-draft team: Wisconsin
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
19th October, 2008ChinaSigned a one year contract with Jiangsu.
16th November, 2008ChinaReleased by Jiangsu.
9th December, 2008GermanySigned for the remainder of the season with Noerdlingen Giants.
27th August, 2009GreeceSigned a one year contract with Ilysiakos.
17th November, 2009GreeceReleased by Ilysiakos.
19th December, 2009D-LeagueAcquired by Bakersfield Jam.
11th April, 2010NBASigned a partially guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2011 with Denver.
14th August, 2010NBAWaived by Denver.
1st November, 2011D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Bakersfield Jam.
9th December, 2011NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with New Orleans. Included team option for 2012/13.
23rd December, 2011NBAWaived by New Orleans.
23rd December, 2011D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Bakersfield Jam.
24th September, 2012NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Utah.
18th October, 2012NBAWaived by Utah.
1st November, 2012D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Bakersfield Jam.
24th April, 2013Puerto RicoSigned for the remainder of the season with Atleticos de San German.
8th May, 2013Puerto RicoReleased by Atleticos de San German.
2nd November, 2013D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Bakersfield Jam.
3rd February, 2014D-LeagueTraded by Bakersfield Jam to Fort Wayne Mad Ants in exchange for a 2014 second round pick and the returning player rights to Anthony Richardson.
27th February, 2014D-LeagueLeft Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
27th February, 2014PhilippinesSigned for the duration of the Commissioner's Cup with Meralco Bolts.
29th March, 2014PhilippinesLeft Meralco Bolts.
10th November, 2014UAESigned a one year contract with An Nahl Sharjah.
10th July, 2015JapanSigned a one year contract with Toshiba Brave Thunders.
24th January, 2017JapanSigned for the remainder of the season with Fukuoka Rizing.
Career Moves
2003 - 2008Wisconsin (NCAA)
July 2008Memphis Grizzlies (Summer League)
October 2008 - November 2008Jiangsu (China)
December 2008 - June 2009Noerdlingen Giants (Germany)
August 2009 - November 2009Ilyasiakos (Greece)
December 2009 - April 2010Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
April 2010 - August 2010Denver Nuggets (NBA)
November 2011 - December 2011Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
December 2011New Orleans Hornets (NBA)
December 2011 - June 2012Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
September 2012 - October 2012Utah Jazz (NBA)
November 2012 - April 2013Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
April 2013 - May 2013Atleticos de San German (Puerto Rico)
July 2013D-League Select (Summer League)
November 2013 - February 2014Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
February 2014Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
February 2014 - March 2014Meralco Bolts (Philippines)
November 2014 - June 2015An Nahl Sharja (Uunited Arab Emirates)
July 2015 - June 2016Toshiba Brave Thunders (Japan)
January 2017 - June 2017Fukuoka Rizing (Japan, D3)
Articles about Brian Butch

December 12, 2013

Brian Butch - The oft-overlooked Butch continues to do this thing - stretching the floor and putting up vast rebounding numbers. Thus far this season for the Bakersfield Jam, Butch is averaging 15.6 points and 13.4 rebounds in only 33 minutes a contest, shooting 40% from three. Defensive concerns are valid, but production is production.

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October 28, 2013

Exhibit 9 of the Uniform Player Contract is applicable only to those summer contracts fully unguaranteed and for only one season in length. Its purpose is to reduce a team’s liability in event of injury to a player it intended to sign only for training camp. It states thusly:

…if the player is injured as a direct result of playing for the team and, accordingly, would have been entitled but for this Exhibit 9 to compensation, the team’s sole liability shall be to pay the Player $6,000 upon termination of the Player’s Contract./

The operator ‘sole liability’ is vital here. Without an Exhibit 9, the Uniform Player Contract normally calls for teams to pay any ‘reasonable hospitalization and medical expenses’ for players injured whilst directly participating in team activity, whilst also guaranteeing the payment of their compensation, however unguaranteed it was, until such time as they are fit to return to play, up to a maximum of the end of that season.

Put more simply – if you’re injured in training camp without an exhibit 9, you’re paid until you are healthy again, unless your contract incorporates exhibit 9, in which case you only get $6,000.

That financial disparity can be enormous, and the effects palpable. Players injured in training camp in recent seasons who ended up being paid money their teams didn’t wish them to be included Jason Richards, signed by the Miami Heat after the 2008/09 draft and who suffered what was ultimately a career ending injury that paid him $442,114, enough to put the Heat into luxury tax territory and force them to trade Shaun Livingston to Memphis to get under it again. Such can be the repercussions of an otherwise innocuous deal.

Long time fringe NBA player Brian Butch has somehow been in this situation twice. Butch was signed for the final few years of the 2009/10 situation with an unguaranteed deal through 2010/11 – because the deal was signed mid-season and thus called for guaranteed compensation at that time, it could not utilise Exhibit 9. Butch subsequently appeared for the Nuggets in the 2010 summer league, but suffered a serious injury in the second game and was ruled out indefinitely. Without an exhibit 9, he therefore had his contract of $762,195 guaranteed until he was healthy, which in the end proved to be the whole season. The following season, he signed a fully unguaranteed deal with the New Orleans Hornets, but one with a second option season (thereby making an Exhibit 9 impossible), yet again got injured and received a further $436,418 until he was healthy. That is over a million dollars received for zero time on the court. On Exhibit 9 deals, he would have earned $12,000 combined.

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July 13, 2013

Brian Butch

Butch remains just outside the NBA, and just did his fourth stint in the D-League, hoping to bridge the final gap. In 47 games with the Bakersfield Jam, he averaged 12.7 points and 10.9 rebounds in only 29.7mpg, shooting 44%, 33% and 68%. More importantly, he stayed healthy for the full season. It is true that he can't be a stretch big of all that much effectiveness when scoring so inefficiently, but it's also true that that's one hell of a rebounding rate. He doesn't need athleticism to do it in the D-League and he won't need it to do it in the NBA either.

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August 12, 2010

In his second summer league game, Nuggets big man Brian Butch took a bad fall during the third quarter, dislocated his knee cap, and ruptured his left patella tendon. It's a serious injury that puts Butch's career on hold just as it was hitting its highest point; the positive from this extremely painful negative is that he was under contract at the time.

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July 13, 2010

Brian Butch

Butch, a jumpshooting big man, is signed for this season to an unguaranteed minimum salary contract. Because these posts are not quite the previews that they were designed to be - sorry - Butch has already gotten hurt in this summer league tournament, dislocating his kneecap. The rule with unguaranteed contracts is that, if a player is injured while playing under contract, the contract is guaranteed until they are able to play again. (This is why Mike Wilks spent the 2008/09 season on the Magic roster, despite being unable to play.) So even though Butch is no doubt in a lot of pain, and suffering a serious career setback, it could well be a bit of a financial windfall for him, unless some hitherto unknown technicality is in place that saves the Nuggets money. (Or if summer league just isn't insured.)

Positive from a negative. And quite a big positive at that.

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January 17, 2010

- Brian Butch

After going undrafted despite working out for basically every NBA team at some point (and going to summer league with the Memphis Grizzlies, where he barely played), Butch split his first professional season between Spain, China and Germany. He spent most of it in Germany, averaging 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for Noerdlingen, and this summer he signed in Greece for Ilysiakos. In three games, Butch put up 42 points and 16 rebounds in only 49 minutes, with 10 three pointers, and led the team in points and rebounds despite not playing half the game. But Ilysiakos released him anyway for reasons I'm too lazy to Google, and Butch has returned to America and joined the D-League. For the Bakersfield Jam - a team who announced they were folding after last season yet who seem to have found a stay of execution from somewhere - Butch averages 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks in 31 minutes per game. He'd play more if it wasn't for the 4 fouls per game.

Here is Brian Butch scantily clad in the scanty cladding of a woman.

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