Caron Butler to Kings: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2015

Detroit Pistons' Caron Butler (31) reacts after sinking a three-point shot against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Duane Burleson

For the fourth time in the last three seasons, veteran swingman Caron Butler is set to don a new uniform.   

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported on July 10 that Butler had agreed to a two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings. Wojnarowski reported the second year of Butler's deal will be a player option. 

The team confirmed the move on Thursday.

USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt passed along financial terms of the agreement: 

During his lone season with the Pistons, Butler averaged a career-low 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 37.9 percent from three—the fourth-best long-range conversion rate of his career. 

As SB Nation's Tom Ziller noted, Sacramento could desperately use competent shooters after finishing last season with the 20th-ranked 34.1 percent three-point knockdown rate.  

With the Kings, Butler can function as a steady three-point shooter on the wing behind Rudy Gay and Omri Casspi. But ultimately, Butler's veteran leadership and calm demeanor should prove to be his greatest asset on a young Kings team looking to establish an identity. 

After all, he proved to be a soothing locker room presence for the Pistons last season, according to Detroit head coach Stan Van Gundy, per NBA.com's Keith Langlois

When you've been at it that long, he's seen everything. He's been at the lowest lows and the highest highs and he's managed to stay even keel and he's learned those lessons and I think he can pass those on. He's also a guy who is very optimistic and positive and believed all the time that things would turn. I think he was a very positive voice.

Butler isn't going to blow up statistically or win the Kings games single-handedly. Those days are long gone. But if he can help provide guidance on a team that's loaded with a hodgepodge of veteran talent, he'll live up to the value of his deal.

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