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Caron Butler says nobody from Clippers called to tell him he was traded

Aug 22, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

Caron Butler AP

It’s a common courtesy in the NBA — guys who are about to be traded hear about it from their agents and others around the league, but when the hammer drops the GM or coach or someone from the team calls with the formal notification. “Thank you for your service ” and all that jazz anyone who has been fired knows too well.

Caron Butler learned the Clippers traded him to Phoenix through the crawl on the bottom of the television. Butler and Eric Bledsoe went to Phoenix and Jared Dudley went west to Los Angeles.

As you might imagine, for a veteran and professional like Butler perceived lack of respect didn’t sit well. He said as much to Jeff Caplan of NBA.com.

“I don’t leave with bitterness or anything, but a phone call would have helped the situation,” said Butler… “But it’s cool, it’s no hard feelings because that’s the nature of the business.”

There was a time not all that long ago where we just would have said “that’s the Clippers for you.” But the fact is their basketball operations have gotten a lot better in recent years — not just drafting Blake Griffin or trading for Chris Paul, but in terms of the professionalism with which the organization is run and perceived. This was a misstep that felt too much like the bad old days.

Caron Butler is the highest paid Phoenix Sun player this season at $8 million, and he also has the veteran presence to be a leader. He can work with fellow former Clipper Eric Bledsoe and the Morris twins. He can guide some guys.

Well, at least until the rebuilding Suns trade him. But I bet they at least call with the news themselves.

  1. unsportsmenmic - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Very classy of Butler, I loved “tough juice” when he was a Wizard. He remains the constant class act and we still realize you got to cut the head off the snake to kill the whole body. Sterling is still the head “you can pay for school, but you can’t buy class”- Jay-Z

  2. unsportsmenmic - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic and commented:
    Very classy of Butler, I loved “tough juice” when he was a Wizard. He remains the constant class act and we still realize you got to cut the head off the snake to kill the whole body. Sterling is still the head “you can pay for school, but you can’t buy class”- Jay-Z

  3. thetooloftools - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    PHX may surprise some people this year.

    • money2long - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      with a pizza party ?

  4. bevomav - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Sorry Caron but you should blame CPIII. He seems to be running the NBAPA and the Clippers these days.

  5. fearthehoody - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Quoting Jay Z for your crappy blog makes me not want to visit your crappy blog

  6. kb2408 - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    What did he expect? The Clips are a bush league franchise and their owner is still arguably the worst owner in pro sports.

    • dannymac17 - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:29 AM

      and somehow they will beat the Lakers yet again.

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