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Report: Bucks and Suns engaged in trade talks to send Caron Butler to Milwaukee

Aug 28, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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The Suns landed Caron Butler as part of the three-team trade involving the Bucks and the Clippers that sent J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley to Los Angeles, along with Eric Bledsoe to Phoenix.

It appears, however, that the player Milwaukee had its sights set on all along may have ended up with the Suns.

Butler is from Racine, just 25-30 miles outside of Milwaukee. And the most recent report has the Bucks interested in trying to bring him home by prying him away from the clutches of the Phoenix front office.

From Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times:

According to multiple sources, the Bucks and Phoenix Suns are seriously engaged in trade negotiations that would bring Butler to the Bucks.

Although exact details of the potential trade aren’t known, Butler, the former Park High School standout, would be the central figure in the deal that could be culminated as soon as today.

Butler will be paid nearly $8 million next season, so the Bucks would likely have to give the Suns some sort of combination involving players and draft picks. It is believed the Bucks wouldn’t surrender any of their frontline players.

Interestingly enough, Butler is the highest-paid player on the books in Phoenix for next season at $8 million, though his contract will be up at the end of the 2013-14 season.

It’s no secret that the Suns are in a rebuilding mode, and would have no problem shedding Butler’s expiring contract from the roster in exchange for young talent or draft picks that could help the franchise in its quest to contend in the future.

A combination of Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal might be a good place to start, except for the fact that Phoenix is loaded at the guard positions, and neither player is exactly a cornerstone to build around in the coming seasons.

Ekpe Udoh and a draft pick or two might make more sense, as he’s only on the books for $4.4 million next year, after which the Suns could choose to retain his rights by extending him a qualifying offer in restricted free agency.

  1. nflcrimerankingscom - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    All Aboard the Bucks “Strive For Mediocrity 2013” train!

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      Same train as the Knicks!

  2. saint1997 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    If the Bucks won’t give up a useful player like Ilyasova then I know, despite its unlikelihood, Phoenix would be trying to make a push for a great fit in Antentokounmpo

  3. rickyspanish - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    “A combination of Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal might be a good place to start, except for the fact that Phoenix is loaded at the guard positions, and neither player is exactly a cornerstone to build around in the coming seasons”

    Why would you call your hypothetical a good start then immediately kibosh it? That entire paragraph is completely superfluous.

  4. ramblingalb - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Neal was just signed as a FA, he couldn’t be dealt yet anyway.

  5. abchome - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Ish Smith & Slava Kravtsov for Butler. The Bucks get no 2nd round pick back, surprise!

  6. hildezero - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    I think this move could work out for both teams. That’s why both teams seem interested in this deal.

  7. antihypocritz - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    Probably the biggest improvement that Sanders’ made last season was cutting down the rate of fouls.

    Look at his game log, he was a whistle generating machine in November. And in 2011-2012 he averaged 7.4 fouls per 36 minutes!

    • antihypocritz - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:30 AM

      whoops I meant to post this in response to the Sanders’ thread

  8. hodag54501 - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    The Bucks are loaded with 2nd round draft picks from a number of transactions this past year. They could ship a few of those and a player or two. Ish Smith & Slava Kravtsov are good bets. They said when they acquired Kravtsov that he likely wouldn’t be a part of the team. Smith has some upside and the Bucks have acquired a bunch of talent in that position.
    This is nearly a wholly remade team from last year, thank goodness. Another year with Brandon Jennings would have been hard to digest.

    • madnova - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Just Sanders and Henson left from last season, I believe.

      • madnova - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        Oh, and Ilyasova and Udoh…forgot about them.

        All about the frontcourt.

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