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Report: Suns’ Butler to Bucks trade for Smith, Kravtsov; finalized Thursday

Aug 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Caron Butler AP

We brought you news of this potential trade last night and now you wake up to the news that the deal is all but official.

The Suns have agreed to trade Caron Butler to the Milwaukee Bucks for guard Ish Smith and center Slava Kravtsov, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. The deal will get finalized Thursday and Butler will be traded out of Phoenix seven weeks after the team brought him in as part of the Jared Dudley/J.J. Redick trade.

What the Bucks get out of it is a Racine native (25 miles outside Milwaukee) who is a solid veteran on the court who can split time at the three with Carlos Delfino. Butler averaged 10.4 points a game, shot 38.8 percent from three and had a PER of 12.4 last season for the Clippers. Plus, he’s an $8 million expiring contract. He can make the Bucks a little better, and this is a team that is not tanking but wants to get back to the playoffs (if things break right they could get the 8 seed again).

What do the Suns get, besides a couple young players? Money, notes Coro.

The Suns gain $5.65 million of cap space for any potential in-season trades but also save that money to make an expected costly waiver of Michael Beasley more palatable. Beasley would be owed $9 million of guaranteed salary.

After Beasley’s latest arrest the buzz out of Phoenix is that team management and owner Robert Sarver want him gone.

The Suns lose a veteran player but they are going to be bad and in the “woeful for Wiggins” draft chase next season, so this makes some sense that way.

Coro notes with Smith and Kravtsov the Suns will have 17 guaranteed contracts on the books heading into training camp and league rules allow teams to only carry 15. Even with Beasley being cut loose before training camp it would mean one more player would have to go. It could be one of the guys in this trade, depending on how Channing Frye bounces back from heart surgery.

  1. kingwithringz - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Please cut Beasley so Miami can pick him up.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:38 AM


      • bougin89 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        I think we can at least both agree that Michael Beasley is not a good basketball player, and that’s putting it nicely.

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        He is really really awful, but he keeps getting contracts. I don’t understand it. It’s like every GM thinks that they are special and can magically unlock his “potential.”

    • maracineanu16 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      Good luck on that junkie

      • kingwithringz - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        @MARACINEANU16 your mother and grandmother are junkies, dead or alive.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      As a fan of a team other than the Heat, I am more than ok with this.

      Also goes to show how short of memory Heat fans have (or around what time they started following the team).

      • casualcommenter - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        Beasley can’t play defense, can’t earn consistent playing time on lottery teams, and his off-the-court issues would be an even worse distraction for a high profile team like the Heat.

        Yeah, I totally see Pat Riley picking him up as part of his pitch to get LeBron to stay long-term. /sarcasm

      • skinsfanwill - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        He sucked when he played for the heat and D.Wade wanted him outta there.

      • spthegr8 - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        They don’t necessarily have short term memories, they just hadn’t hopped on the Bandwagon yet. Leave it too a Heat fan, to take a thread about another team and turn into Heat Bandwagon Party!!!

      • demasane - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        can’t really play much of offense neither

    • miamatt - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      Beasley isn’t worth the bag of dope he got caught with.

      After he got drafted by the Heat, I think it was apparent to most fans that he really does have some great natural scoring ability. What took time was the realization that he is in no way shape or form developing his game. Beasley is exactly the same player he was when Miami drafted him. At best, a mediocre pro who occasionally flashes something more.

      Wade all but wanted to kill the guy when he was down here.

    • spthegr8 - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Yeah, because a Pot head who like too Party, is gonna do well in South Beach. Good call!!!

  2. saint1997 - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Watch out if this team gets one of Wiggins, Parker, Randle or Gordon (very likely) because with Goodwin and Bledsoe they will be an electric team to watch

  3. bougin89 - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    So much for my 32 win prediction. I guess I’ll bump that to 33 wins. Going in the wrong direction.


  4. delusionalcardsfan - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Nice! I hope the Suns can get a lotto pick!

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    “Suns’ Butler to Bucks trade for…” I don’t understand this title. It’s the second PBT title in a row that confuses me along with the Buck’s officials who wanted to cut Sanders. Is the idea make us read the article after being confused by the title?

  6. stinkfingers - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Damn…. Who writes these headlines?

    • miamatt - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:24 PM


      It’s like some absurdist comedy.

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

      You never expect the Spanish Inquisiton or the Headline Police.

  7. abchome - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Great move by the Suns – saving money and getting worse.

  8. 13fitzj - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Why doesn’t anyone wanna hold on to Kravtsov? He looks like he could be good…

  9. hildezero - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    “The Suns lose a veteran player but they are going to be bad and in the “woeful for Wiggins” draft chase next season, so this makes some sense that way.”

    How are the Suns gonna do bad? They’ll be a better team without Butler. Without Beasley, they’ll suck, because Beasley is a pretty good player. Beasley was the only one besides Dudley that actually did work for the Suns last year. If the Suns wanna get rid of Beasley, then I’m okay with it, as long as they build for the future but it doesn’t mean they’ll do “bad”…

    • bougin89 - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      “Without Beasley, they’ll suck, because Beasley is a pretty good player.”

      Beasley is a prime example of addition by subtraction, in really any situation. He’s just not a person that anyone wants in their locker room, especially with how little he gives on the court.

  10. unfly - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Riggin for Wiggins
    Shart for Smart
    Panhandle for Randle
    Barter for Parker
    Whorin for Gordon

  11. hildezero - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:24 PM


    Did you not see not any of the Suns games last season?

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