His stay in the Baltics also gave him a taste of what playing overseas might be like, if he wanted to do that long-term. "I haven't thought about it, but I wouldn't count anything out like that at all," Butler said. "If something were to open up, then by all means I can't turn it down."
For now, his focus is on doing all he can in the D-League so that he can get called up to the NBA. And he feels he has a pretty good idea of what he needs to do for that to happen.
"Honestly, I would just say [the biggest thing] for me to get one would be just to stay true to myself," Butler said. "My whole style is similar to my personality of not playing outside of my game, staying within myself, playing defense, rebounding and doing everything else on the court. I don't do just one thing. I do a lot of other things on the court. Doing those things and being as unselfish as possible [will put me in the best position to do that]."
Jones, however, has a different slant.
"Conditioning and just getting his body back to playing on a consistent basis [are the key issues]. He has played pretty good minutes," he said. "It's just a process of him mentally and physically getting back to the pre-knee injury playing level that he was at. He's kind of getting there. You can almost see it daily now."
And once Butler regains that form, the Toros coach feels the sky is the limit for this former Mountaineer. "I fully expect that if not by the end of this season or the start of next season after he goes through the summer leagues and stuff, I think he'll definitely be back in the NBA," Jones said.
Steve Hunt is a freelance writer based in Frisco, Texas.