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Caron Butler not thrilled with limited roll of bench for Bucks


When Caron Butler was traded to the Bucks this summer, it was as everyone in the organization said “we’re not tanking” and the veteran forward was going to get minutes, be a mentor to the team’s young talent and help them try and make it back to the playoffs.

In his last four games, Butler has come off the bench and his playing time has fluctuated wildly, with him not played more than 18:30 a night. He’s a limited use role player as the Bucks, wisely, have decided to play Giannis Antetokounmpo and John Henson more as they try to develop their young players.

This, not surprisingly, leads to friction.

Butler told the Journal Sentinel he’s none to thrilled with his current role.

“The information I received before coming here is that ‘You’re going to play a lot,'” Butler said. “And I want to play. I want to be out there to help the situation.

“If we’re developing on the fly, and I know Giannis (Antetokounmpo) has to play and guys have to play, but OK, there are a lot of ways those guys can play and we can still be out there developing those guys as well.

“Coach (Larry Drew) understands that and I’ve talked to him. He’s been more than helpful, and (general manager) John Hammond and everyone. I know it’s a process and we’ll get through it. We’re not even halfway through the season. Hopefully something turns for the better for the team and myself.”

It should be noted here Butler is in a contract year. He is making $8 million this season (the highest paid Buck) in the final year of his deal. He wants to play a few more years in the league and right now his value is not exactly going up. Of course the fact Butler isn’t playing all that well on the court (10.4 points a game on true shooting percentage of 46.3, well below the league average of 53.4, doesn’t help matters).

Normally you’d say Butler is pushing for a trade — and that could happen, a playoff bound team looking for depth could come knocking with an offer the rebuilding Bucks like — however Butler is a Wisconsin native and really isn’t looking to leave. He just didn’t expect to be in a rebuilding situation at the end of his career either.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.