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Butler looking at Bulls, Spurs, Nets, Clippers?

Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:27 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Take away a major knee injury and Caron Butler might be one of the prizes of this free agent class. Not to say he's not something contending teams are after though. He's still a very enticing piece to someone's puzzle.

Question is, who is that someone? Because there are a lot of them. After reports of legit interest in the Bulls, Butler is said to be meeting with the Bulls and Clippers on Monday, the Spurs on Tuesday and the Nets on Wednesday and Thursday he could talk with the Pistons, according to ESPN Dallas.

Of note: The Dallas Mavericks aren't among the teams with interest in Butler right now. Not all that surprising given the Mavs roster and financial situation, but there was a thought that Dallas would try and keep him. The Mavs have said they'd like to keep Butler, but as of now, there's no reported meeting.

Problem for the Mavs is, they're already worrying about Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea, plus the new luxury tax rules that could change how they spend.

The Clippers will meet with Butler face-to-face at heir practice facility Monday.

You can be sure the Bulls will sign a wing in the next few weeks whether it's Butler, Arron Afflalo or someone else. The Clippers want more scoring to go with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon. The Spurs are always in the market for cheap veteran talent and with Richard Jefferson being iffy, Butler could be a nice replacement. The Nets want anything.

If I were handicapping this, I'd say the Bulls are the top option for Butler, but it's just whether or not the interest is mutual. It probably will depend on if the Bulls think they can get Afflalo. If not, the Clippers really do seem like a fit. They need a small forward badly and have the money to pay Butler.

And unfortunately for Mavs fans, I might put Dallas last in that list. Just doesn't seem like Butler will be back there.

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:55 pm

Butler looking at Bulls, Spurs, Nets, Clippers?

The 3 players being Chandler, Barea and Butler.

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:54 pm

Butler looking at Bulls, Spurs, Nets, Clippers?

If a team outside of the 3 listed below signs any one of these 3 players for big money then they will have made a big mistake. These players are role players at best that may be able to work on the Mavs, Lakers or Heat.
If the Bulls want to win take Afflalo he is less prone to injury than Butler.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:54 pm
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Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:23 pm

Butler looking at Bulls, Spurs, Nets, Clippers?

From this Mavs fan, Caron Butler, we hardly knew you.  (Glad you got a championship while you were here.  You were here, right?)

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