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Bucks buy out Caron Butler

Feb 27, 2014, 9:21 AM EDT

Caron Butler, Nate Wolters, Markieff Morris AP

All along, Caron Butler was expected to be waived by the Bucks and signed by the Heat.

Step one is now complete, and step two remains quite possible, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

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These types  of post-buyout signings usually get overestimated. The veterans who hit free agency, like Butler, are typically well past their prime – the reason their team would even consider buying them out in the first place – but they still hold solid name recognition. So, fans and media (and some signing teams) swoon, remember the player who once was.

Butler’s 2-point percentage and free-throw rate have nosedived in recent seasons, and MySynergySports grades him a horrid defender – signs of his waning athleticism.

But he’s developed a strong 3-point shot in recent years, and the Heat can never have too many shooters to space the floor for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Even if that skill has declined for Butler, who turns 34 in a couple weeks, he’s still shooting above NBA average from beyond the arc this season.

The Heat – or Thunder, Bulls or Spurs – would do well to sign him. He’s a useful player, and his experience makes him a reliable fit on a playoff history.

For Butler, this could be an extremely rewarding season personally. He spent part of the year playing for his hometown Milwaukee Bucks, and now he can join a team planning a playoff run. It’s the best of both worlds.

And depending how much of the $2.2 million the Bucks still owe him he’ll keep after the buy out agreement, it could be an absolutely perfect set up.

  1. casualcommenter - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    He’s not as good as he once was, but he can still fill the “3 and D” role well when he’s motivated and isn’t the focal point of the opposing defense. On either the Heat or OKC, nobody is going to devote too much attention to him with guys like LeBron and Durant to worry about, so he’ll be getting a lot of open shots on offense.

    Meanwhile, while his defensive numbers are down this year, being on a losing team that was relying on Butler to do a lot on offense and was missing its best rim protector/help defender in Larry Sanders for most of the year probably has a lot to do with it.

    He’s the type of guy who could be really useful in the playoffs if either Shane Battier or Thabo Sefolosha get injured or suffer foul trouble. Elite wing players tend to be more aggressive in the playoffs and try to draw more fouls, so you can never have too many potential wing defenders on your roster.

    • bougin89 - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      I agree with your comment except for the defense part. He’s just not a good defender anymore. I do think he could help some teams though like the Heat, Thunder, etc. in a low minute capacity.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Choose wisely Caron.

  3. indrathegod - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Can’t wait for Butler to sign with the Heat. Clips, you can have Granger, we need more spacing.

  4. theblackrook - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    We’ll miss you in Milwaukee Caron, but damnit we know the score. You deserve a ring and we can’t give it to you. We wish only the best for you.

    • detroitbasketballfan - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Caron won with the mavs in 2011. He was playing quite well for them before his midseason injury and was almost ready to comeback for the finals, but regardless I too would like to see him win another

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