Bulls Rumors: Chicago Must Let Another Team Overpay for Caron Butler

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIDecember 8, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 29:  Caron Butler #3 of the Washington Wizards controls the ball against Chris Douglas-Roberts #17 of the New Jersey Nets at the Izod Center on January 29, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Wizards defeated the Nets 81-79.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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It's not that Caron Butler is a terrible player. No, that's not the case. His numbers prove that. The problem with Butler is that he's generally been unable to stay on the court for any extended period of time. 

Apparently, other people disagree with me.

Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas reported that the Bulls, Clippers, Spurs, Nets and possibly the Mavericks have all met with Butler in hopes of signing him. 

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bulls are looking at Jamal Crawford and Jason Richardson, as well as Butler. 

Honestly, I can't say that either Richardson or Crawford blow me away, but they are far better options than the injury-prone Butler. 

The fact that as many as five teams are after Butler is curious. Again, he's not a terrible player, but a 31-year-old with a history of injuries is not exactly a hot commodity. That's Butler.

While Derrick Rose is the point guard, you would have to figure that any shooting guard will help control the offense. That means a lot of physical pressure on a body that hasn't stood up to it in the past. 

It's also worth noting that Butler is a small forward, not a shooting guard. He's a good shooter, so it's not a terrible transition, but the Bulls bringing him in would surely mean a move to a different position.

Of course, that's all going to mean even more pressure on Rose, who clearly faded in the playoffs last season. The Bulls are absolutely right to go after a guy to help ease Rose's burden, but Butler is not that guy. 

I'm not saying that Butler has no place in the NBA. He's a good player who has generally produced, but his history of injuries is far too great to ignore.

The Bulls are best suited to let someone else take on Butler's history. Richardson and Crawford aren't great given their age, but they are better options than Butler. 

The fact that four or five teams are bidding on Butler is a virtual guarantee that the team that gets him will overbid to do so. 

Butler wouldn't help Chicago get to the championship. Considering they were in the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago, no move should be made that doesn't help them get to that goal.


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