Updates from Tuesday, July 15
The Pistons confirmed Caron Butler's arrival via the team's Twitter account on Tuesday:
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:
Hearing Detroit on the brink of signing Caron Butler after Butler's postseason run with Oklahoma City.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 14, 2014
Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News later confirmed the signing for a two-year contract, along with D.J. Augustin:
Can confirm cia sources the Pistons have agreed to terms with Caron Butler and Dj Augustin... Butler is a one-yr w/team option for yr 2— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) July 14, 2014
Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times provides some added information about the deal:
Caron Butler's deal with Detroit is for 2 years, $9M.— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) July 14, 2014
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:
Free agent forward Caron Butler is being pursued by several teams, including Oklahoma City and the LA Clippers.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) July 10, 2014
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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