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It’s official: Caron Butler traded to Milwaukee Bucks

Aug 29, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

Caron Butler AP

The Milwaukee Bucks get a Racine native who can help them out immediately at the three, where Carlos Delfino could be a little slow to come around following off-season foot surgery.

The Phoenix Suns saved more than $5 million and brought in a couple interesting young pieces.

The trade we first told you about last night has become official: The Phoenix Suns have traded Caron Butler to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Ish Smith and center Viacheslav Kravtsov.

“We’re very excited to welcome Caron back home,” Milwaukee GM John Hammond said in a released statement. “He is an accomplished veteran player who started 78 games last season for a 56-win team in Los Angeles. Caron gives us depth at the small forward position and will be a mentor for our younger players.”

“We would like to thank Caron for his professionalism and wish him the best with the Milwaukee Bucks,” Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said in his statement. “This deal gives us significant cap space as well as the flexibility to trade for another exciting player, which is how we were able to acquire Eric Bledsoe. It also provides us with two young players in our efforts to build a team capable of sustainable success.”

What it also gives them the ability to do is waive Michael Beasley and the $9 million he is owed with the hit being less painful.

The Suns now have with Eric Bledsoe and Butler two of last year’s Clippers.

  1. badintent - Aug 29, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    going from Cali sunshine and beaches to the brutal winters of the Frozen Tundra. Brutal.

    • fm31970 - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      You have clearly not been in Milwaukee the last decade…winters here are on the mild side. Plus, maybe he like snowboarding?

      Either way, welcome back how, Caron.

      • badintent - Aug 30, 2013 at 1:12 AM

        Yeah , Al Gore told me about the global warming BS. Saw the Deer wasting disease is a problem for the hunters. I’ll miss the deer steaks cooked in red wine and shroons.

  2. legend30 - Aug 29, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Why wasn’t this part of the Eric Bledsoe trade…


  3. hildezero - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    This will bring down the current quality of the Suns, but this is good for the future.

  4. sellahh - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Welcome to the treadmill, Milwaukee. Why not trade Sanders for Haywood and Ilyasova for Bargnani (would probably require an additional 1st rounder) while you’re at it. I mean it’s win now right?

    • casualcommenter - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      …Except Haywood doesn’t help the Bucs win more games than Sanders (who already is a top defensive center), and Bargani (who has gotten worse the past couple of years and is currently battling pneumonia) doesn’t help the Bucs win more games than Ilyasova.

  5. madnova - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    “The Suns now have with Eric Bledsoe and Butler two of last year’s Clippers.”

    Say what now?

    • divan22 - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      No surprise. Look who the author is.

  6. boyofzimmer - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    He’s from Wisconsin! Good move!

  7. daveoo - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Miami, Lakers, Washington, Dallas, Clippers, Milwaukee. He is now officially a utility player in the NBA.

  8. sunsation3413 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    The only thing the Suns are shooting for is the Wiggins lottery

  9. jerdogthompson - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Was happy to have him on the clippers, a true pro. Glad to see him make it back home. Best of luck tough juice.

  10. 00maltliquor - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    My man Tough Juice got traded for a couple tickets to the opera and $20 gift card to Five Guys!

    Works for both teams though. MIL gets a proven vet that can score and mentor and is a local boy, PHX gets the cap space, a backup PG for when they foolishly trade Marshall by the deadline, and a pet project. Plus make PJ Tucker the clear SF starter and make room for newly acquired Gerald Green whilst they cut Mike Bluntsley.

    Overall, like the move! BTW, did MIL just secretly creep into the East 8th spot?

  11. bux1022 - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    No MIL is not a playoff team nice try! Pistons will snatch the eighth spot. MIL is still trash!

  12. vbhall78 - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Welcome home, Caron & the Pistons ain’t going to no playoffs with Brandon Jennings as their PG, y’all got shafted in the trade.

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