Wizards Sign Former Final Four MVP to 3-Year Deal

He came to the Washington Wizards this season without much fanfare, but third-year guard Jared Butler has established himself as a fixture in the Wizards rotation and now he's been rewarded with a new three-year deal. 

Butler was on a two-way contract this season, and has really come on of late, averaging 9.2 points and 5.2 assists over his last ten games, in over 23 minutes a night, nearly doubling his floor time from earlier in the season. Overall on the campaign, he's at 5.6 points and 2.9 assists in 13 minutes per contest. In 14 games with the Capital City Go Go of the G League, he averaged 18.6 points, 7.0 assists and 1.6 steals in over 32 minutes a night.

It's a well-deserved contract that keeps Butler in D.C. for a few more seasons, allowing him to potentially establish himself as backup point guard for the Wizards. .

Ironically, Butler signs his 3-year deal exactly 3 years to the day after he won the NCAA national championship and Final Four Most Outstanding Player, after Baylor's win over Gonzaga in the Final. Butler led the Bears with 22 points and seven assists in leading them to the crown.

After being selected in the second round of the 2021 NBA draft, Butler spent his rookie season with the Utah Jazz where he played 42 games and averaged only 8.6 minutes a game along with 3.8 points and 1.5 assists. He spent last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder where he only got into six games at the NBA level and spent the rest of his campaign in the G League.

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