Caron Butler to Pistons: Latest Contract Details, Analysis and Reaction

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Caron Butler celebrates after scoring in the second half of Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, May 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 118-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Updates from Tuesday, July 15

The Pistons confirmed Caron Butler's arrival via the team's Twitter account on Tuesday:

Original Text

The Detroit Pistons had added a veteran leader to the roster with the addition of 34-year-old Caron Butler. 

ESPN's Marc Stein first reported the organization was set to make the deal:

Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News later confirmed the signing for a two-year contract, along with D.J. Augustin:

Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times provides some added information about the deal:

Butler is coming off an up-and-down season with both the Milwaukee Bucks and Oklahoma City Thunder, having averaged 10.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game between the two stops. He then added 6.3 points per game in 18 games (two starts) for the Thunder in the playoffs.

Despite these mediocre numbers, the forward was still a wanted man around the league, as noted by Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated:

Although people like Sam Amick of USA Today figured Butler would go to a contender based on the interest he received in free agency, he will instead go to a team that struggled for much of last season in the Pistons. 

The good news is the veteran will give some much-needed depth and added experience to one of the younger squads in the league. They definitely needed some sort of an upgrade after going 29-53 last season, but this could be a different story as long as the new pieces live up to their ability while the other players make improvements.

Butler is far from the player he was at the peak of his career, as the two-time All-Star has a career average of 15.1 points per game. However, he knows how to contribute on the basketball court, especially in small doses.

If he can provide the same type of production he had last season, this will be a solid pickup for Detroit.


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