The Detroit Pistons shipped Caron Butler to Milwaukee as part of the Ersan Ilyasova trade, but the young Bucks had no real intention of keeping the veteran swingman around. He will be waived by the Bucks.
And there will be plenty of teams lined up for his services.
While his game has slipped as he’s entered his mid-30s, a number of teams see him as an affordable backup wing who can give him solid minutes. Shams Charania of Real GM says some teams looking for veteran help on the wing are lined up for Butler’s services.
After his release from the Milwaukee Bucks before July 1, Caron Butler has emerged as a candidate for the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs, a league source told RealGM.
The Lakers and New York Knicks also expect to make an inquiry on Butler, a 13-year NBA veteran who has averaged 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds for his career.
Butler can still knock down the three — 55 percent of his shots last season were from beyond the arc, and he hit 37.9 on those shots. For a potential contender such as Spurs or Clipper that is very valuable. It was more valuable to the Pistons than some of their young wings like Cartier Martin last season, but the Pistons are looking in other directions.
Doesn’t Butler strike you as the kind of veteran the Spurs bring in and he’s rejuvenated? If they have to let Danny Green go in the chase for LaMarcus Aldridge, Butler could step in at an affordable price and provide value.
Butler will not be off the board quickly, but there are going to be a lot of contenders interested, and you can expect Butler to go after a ring.