Caron Butler to Bucks: Phoenix Suns Officially Agree to Trade with Milwaukee
Earlier this offseason, the Phoenix Suns completed a trade to acquire Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler from the Los Angeles Clippers. Less than two months later, Butler is on the move again.
Marc Stein of ESPN reports the Suns have agreed to trade Butler to the Milwaukee Bucks:
One source close to talks tells ESPN that Caron Butler has been informed that he will indeed wind up with Bucks. Teams hashing out details— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 29, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 29
The Bucks confirmed the Butler trade via NBA.com:
The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired two-time All-Star forward Caron Butler (6-7, 228) from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for guard Ish Smith (6-0, 175) and center Viacheslav Kravtsov (7-0, 260), General Manager John Hammond announced today.
"We're very excited to welcome Caron back home," said Hammond. "He is an accomplished veteran player who started 78 games last season for a 56-win team in Los Angeles. Caron gives us depth at the small forward position and will be a mentor for our younger players."
Paul Coro of AZCentral.com and The Arizona Republic confirmed Stein's report :
The Suns have agreed to trade Butler, a Racine, Wis., native , to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Ish Smith and center Slava Kravtsovabout seven weeks after they acquired Butler and hailed him as a veteran influence for the youthful Suns and part of the future . The Suns gain $5 .65 million of cap space for any potential in -season trades but also save that money to make an expected costly waiver of Michael Beasley more palatable. Beasley would be owed $9 million of guaranteed salary.
Butler grew up in Racine, Wis ., playing two years of basketball at Racine Park High School. He ended up moving to Pittsfield, Maine, but a return to Wisconsin, and Milwaukee in particular, will offer a sense of familiarity for the veteran.
Butler has played for five different teams in 11 NBA seasons, spending time with the Dallas Mavericks , Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers , Miami Heat and Washington Wizards. He has also spent time fashioning the Suns' new jerseys , but he never wore one for a game. Just last month, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said that Butler and Bledsoe were a big part of Phoenix's future, per ESPN.
For those who feel Butler was wrongly traded before being given a chance to play, Butler made it clear that there are no hard feelings, via Twitter.
Much respect for the organization of the Phx Suns#staytuned— Caron Butler (@realtuffjuice) August 29, 2013
Looking forward, Butler's veteran leadership will allow for the Bucks' younger players to benefit from his guidance and experience.
Milwaukee will play under head coach Larry Drew and center its game plan around scorer O .J . Mayo and center Larry Sanders. They also have recent draftees GiannisAntetokounmpo, John Henson and Brandon Knight to go with veterans CarlosDelfino , Ersan Ilyasova , Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour .
In other words, there 's depth and balance, but not necessarily a postseason team in place. Even still, Butler should fit in well , and he should help Mayo andAntetokounmpo develop defensively.
As for what he brings to the table as an individual, Butler has career averages of 15 .5 points , 5 .4 rebounds, 2 .5 assists and 1 .5 steals per game. He 's a career 33 .9 percent shooter from three -point range, but he made 38 .8 percent on 4 .2 attempts per game in 2012 -13 .
Now 33, the two-time All-Star and former NBA champion is returning home.
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