Former Bulls Rasual Butler has signed a contract with Gran Canaria, but controversy surrounds an NBA Opt-out clause.

Controversy Surrounds Rasual Butler's Gran Canaria Contract

CHICAGO — Rasual Butler, a late season addition for the Bulls last year is also a late offseason addition for Gran Canaria, an ACB League team in Spain.

The intersting part is Butler’s supposed NBA Opt-Out clause in his contract. There are conflicting reports about whether or not it actually exists within the confines of Butler’s contract.

The Opt-Out clause would meant that Butler, who isn’t currently under contract for an NBA team, would be able to opt-out of his contract with Gran Canaria to return to the NBA should the lockout ever end. On Monday it was reported that the contract did indeed contain the opt-out, but today according to Gran Canaria GM Himar Ojeda, the opt-out is non-existent.

““There’s no out clause,” Ojeda said. “In fact, there’s no mention whatsoever of the NBA in the contract. There’s no gray area for interpretation. It’s just a typical European contract.”

Butler’s agent Andy Miller reinforced the idea that the clause exists when he told that very thing to reporters Monday. Gran Canaria announced the additon of Butler the same day via the club’s spanish twitter account.

“Rasual Butler, un tirador NBA para el Granca…Alero norteamericano de 2,01 m, 32 años y que finalizó la temporada pasada en Chicago Bulls.”

There have been no further statements made by Butler or by his agent Andy Miller at this time. For now, clause or no clause, Butler is the latest Bull (or former Bull) to head overseas and flee the turmoil of the NBA Lockout.


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