UPDATE on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 5:20 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal
We won't have to wait long for Caron Butler to make his decision.
After all, ESPN's Ramon Shelburne tweeted the following: "Decision for Caron Butler has been tough (Heat, OKC, Bulls, Spurs) but he's expecting to decide Friday, sources said."
All four teams could certainly use help from one more small forward, so fans of those organizations (and one other) should keep their fingers crossed and hope for the best.
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Don't think too hard, Caron Butler.
Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times first reported that the Milwaukee Bucks and their veteran small forward were in discussions to complete a buyout. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday that an agreement has been reached.
That means he'd clear waivers by Saturday morning and have to hurry to meet the deadline, which looms at midnight on Saturday, March 1. Once that time arrives, free agents who sign with new teams are no longer eligible to play in the postseason.
That timeframe shouldn't worry Butler, though, as he's going to draw serious interest from a number of teams. According to Wojnarowski the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat are reportedly the early favorites to bring in Butler, with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs also in the mix.
Butler's shot wouldn't fall consistently during his final season with the Bucks, but there's no doubt the 33-year-old small forward can contribute both on the court and in the locker room as a solid veteran presence.
Tuff Juice will find a new home. Rest assured of that.