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Bucks to buy out Caron Butler, who is expected to then sign with Heat

Feb 26, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

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Caron Butler was part of the trade that sent Eric Bledsoe to the Suns this past offseason, but he wasn’t in Phoenix for very long.

He was dealt to Milwaukee in exchange for Ish Smith, a move that was expected to work for both sides, with Smith being an uptempo fit for Phoenix and with Butler returning to play in his home state of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee has been terrible this season, however, and Butler has seen his role diminished as the team struggles to put together combinations of winning lineups. Veterans on bad, rebuilding teams are rarely a good mix (see Pau Gasol in Los Angeles), so Butler and Milwaukee are expected to part ways.

From Marc Stein of

Sources told that Wisconsin native Butler, who is earning $8 million this season on an expiring contract with his home-state Bucks, is on course to be released by Milwaukee on Wednesday and thus clear waivers Friday, well in advance of the Saturday midnight deadline by which time he must be set free to be eligible to play in the playoffs with another team.

The two-time defending champion Miami Heat, sources said, will be at the front of the line to sign Butler, who spent his first two seasons in the league with the Heat and is expected to verbally commit to a team before clearing waivers.

The Heat can always use more veterans on the bench, and Butler may earn some minutes in certain situations.

Butler has averaged 11.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game for the Bucks this season, while appearing in 34 contests.

  1. earpaniac - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    I wish him the best. He seems like a good guy, and he’s done a lot to help in his hometown. Good luck Caron.

  2. bhunter1995 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Ths would be a great pick up for the Heat if they needed a wing player, but they don’t. I hope Butler is ready for 6-7 minutes per game and the occassional DNP Coaches decision.

  3. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    A healthy Oden and Butler would really solidify the Heat and they’d give them a great chance to at least go back to the finals if not win it all.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Agreed. Whenever Wade misses time, people focus on the potential lost production on offense, but I think the lost production on defense is a bigger deal. Ray Allen and Mike Beasley can make up for a lot of Wade’s “missing” points, but Allen is too old and Beasley is too unskilled on defense to effectively execute the Heat’s aggressive defensive scheme. The Heat have good defenders at point guard, but in terms of good defenders who can cover SGs and SFs, they have LeBron, Wade, and Battier, and that’s it.

      I know Butler’s defensive numbers are down this year, but I think a lot of that has to do with the dysfunction in Milwaukee along with the Bucks missing Larry Sanders, their best rim protector, for most of the year. If he can be a capable fourth wing defender and hit some 3’s, he’d be a big boost for the Heat.

  4. chasycabym - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Am I the only one that thinks that Granger would be a better addition to the Heat than Butler? Younger, more consistent scorer, and a better defender; what’snot to like? Sure, there might be some things that might need to be ironed out in the locker room (normal considering the rivalry that has grown between Miami and the Pacers), but the same thing could have been said about Ray Allen (Considering the heated rivalry between the Heat and the Celtics). I’m sure that monies and other contract details might ultimately be the deciding factor; but if Caron and Granger can be had at similar risk, wouldn’t Granger be the better choice?

    • Legacy112 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Yes, you are the only one. Granger is younger but is also immature. He also wants lots of minutes which he will not get with the heat.

      • chasycabym - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        I think you are confusing players. I don’t agree that he’s inmature. We’re not taling about someone with the character of Rondo or Metta World Peace (known for their disruptive attitudes in the locker room) or a young player that.We’re talking about a 30 year old player who has dedicated his entire career to one team. A career, which. by the way, took him to be a key franchise player, to accepting a role position off the bench because of injuries ( a move not many stars would be willing to accept). He even passed the mantle as the top dog of the Pacers to Paul George for the greater good of the team.— Moves that speak of how far he has grown as a person and a player.

      • jusdre313 - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:55 AM

        how i s granger immature? serious question, not debating u.. ive never heard this

  5. connorchew - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Could you imagine what your reaction would have been if someone had told you 4 or 5 years ago that we’d see a team with LeBron, bosh, wade, Ray Allen, rashard Lewis, oden, and Butler, people would have thought that they were crazy

  6. southbeachtalent - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Come home Caron!!

  7. rustyshackleford1 - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    i don’t get how the heat have the capacity to sign any player anytime, i mean it just seems like every time someone becomes a free agent or are bought out, the first though is, oh miami of course, lame

    • miamatt - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      It’s called good team management.

      • topdawg4ever - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        …and good salary management.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Do you really not know why FAs want to play in Miami?

    • casualcommenter - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      “i don’t get how the heat have the capacity to sign any player anytime,”

      The Heat don’t have the capacity to sign ANY player at ANY time.
      Because they’re a luxury tax paying team, they can only offer either the veteran’s minimum (around $1 million) or the mini-mid-level exception (around $3 million). CBA rules prevent them from offering more than that.

      So no, they can’t sign the Dwight Howards or Paul Millsaps in free agency.
      However, they can sign veterans willing to take a paycut to play for a contender. That’s how they signed guys like Battier and Allen, and that’s how they’ll probably get Butler too.

      • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        not to mention when someone comes from a buyout..theyre getting the money from the previous they dont mind the vet minimum too much as their still cahsing checks from their previous employer

  8. dannymac17 - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    “Caron Butler was part of the trade that sent Eric Bledsoe to the Suns this past offseason, but he wasn’t in Phoenix for very long.”

    true that considering he was never in Phoenix.

  9. fotydaze - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Wouldn’t it save time if every player in the league just joined the Heat ?

  10. shadowgamesshades - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Heat vs ???? in the Finals. Book it.

  11. cantonbound13 - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    A new client for Tony Bosch

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