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Not many people gave the Mavs a shot at winning the title this year and the loss of Caron Butler added fuel to the doubters' fire.
He was considered the only viable scoring option after Dirk and we were all told Dallas would fold after he was injured. Obviously, they didn't.
Now, it makes sense to wonder if the team needs to bring Butler back at all. After all, they did win the title without having him on the court.
He's not the only Dallas wing/forward whose contract just expired. The team also has to consider DeShawn Stevenson, Brian Cardinal and Peja Stojakovic. They can't bring all four (Butler included) back. In fact, under the new CBA (whatever it may look like), they may only be able to afford one.
Even though he's coming off a season-ending knee injury, Butler has more to offer than any of those other players. He's averaged nearly 17 points a game for his career and was hitting a career-high 43 percent from three-point range last season.
Butler would be a great player to bring off the bench behind Rudy Fernandez, Shawn Marion and possibly even Dirk (in spots).