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Report: Bucks in buyout talks with Caron Butler

Feb 25, 2014, 8:28 PM EDT

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Apparently Thomas Wolfe was right, you can’t go home again.

It was a great story to see Caron Butler going home to Wisconsin (he was born in Racine) to play for the Bucks to end his career. Except the Bucks season has turned into an unmitigated disaster and at this point a veteran like Butler doesn’t want to be part of a rebuilding project (or babysitting Larry Sanders).

So the Bucks and Butler are negotiating a buyout, reports Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times.

If a deal is reached and Butler can clear waivers several teams would be interested.

According to the Miami Herald the Heat players would welcome Butler back and the team is known to be looking for a three who can help keep Dwyane Wade’s minutes down and play well in the playoffs. San Antonio among other teams may also have interest.

Butler isn’t the player he once was — he’s a low-efficiency shooter (38.7 percent overall) who also is not much of an on-ball defender anymore. The question is if you took him on a team where he didn’t have to carry as much offense (usage percentage of 23.8 in Milwaukee, his highest since 2009) could he improve his efficiency?

Some contender will take a bet that he can if this buyout is completed.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    This is so freakin ON!

    • miamatt - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      The circle of life is complete.

      I’m just glad that Eric Reid can dust off his “The Butler did it!” catch-phrase.

  2. legend30 - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Welcome back to Miami, Mr. Butler! Such a nice guy, hopefully I get to meet him again down in South Florida!

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    Sign Lamar Odom and get the whole 2004 band back together.

    Ok, maybe not.

  4. csbanter - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    It seems like Heat fans have a case of frontrunner-itis. In recent history there has never been an NBA fanbase so over the top. Heat fans want it all, former #1 picks, NBA all-stars, 6th man award winners, get a grip. The Miami Heat will ONLY win a championship as it has in 2013,2012 if #6 leads them there. Case closed.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      We’re allowed. We have to endure the Dolphins where we get the worst of everything.

    • miamatt - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      How is wanting a former #1 Miami pick back in the fold being a front-runner? More generally, how is wanting to see Riley improve the roster being a front-runner? Don’t you want your teams to be as good as possible?

      While yes, #6 being here is what makes the whole thing work, nobody wins titles without help, and role players such as Ray Allen, Mike Miller, Chalmers, and Haslem have all stepped up at pivotal moments to keep Miami afloat at one time or another.

      If we really want to oversimplify, though. let’s take LBJ as a given. That being the case, a vintage Wade for about 8 games come May-June is what potentially makes the Heat unbeatable.

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