Butler announced his retirement Feb. 6 in a post published on The Players' Tribune.
The 37-year-old overcame a rough upbringing to earn a scholarship to the University of Connecticut, where he blossomed into a star before declaring for the 2002 NBA Draft following his sophomore season. Butler's success carried over to the pros, with the forward enjoying a productive 14-year career that included two All-Star appearances and an NBA title with the Mavericks during the 2010-11 season. After concluding his career in 2015-16 with the Kings, Butler has turned his attention to broadcasting.
Butler was waived by the Kings on Monday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Butler recently exercised a $1.55 million player option for the 2016-17 season, so the Kings should still have to pay his salary despite letting him go. It does offer the Kings another roster spot, which they could use to shore up some depth options elsewhere on the roster. The 36-year-old could find a deal with a contender looking for some veteran leadership off the bench.
Butler announced Tuesday that he would exercise his $1.55 million player option for the 2016-17 season, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
At this stage of his career, the 36-year-old Butler is little more than a positive veteran influence in the locker room, and the 2016-17 campaign could represent his final year in the league. Butler appeared in 17 contests with the Kings last season, averaging 3.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.6 assists across 10.4 minutes per game. With the Kings likely to continue prioritizing the development of their younger wing players over Butler, don't expect the aging small forward to see much action during the upcoming season.
Butler (rest) won't play in the Kings' season finale Wednesday against the Rockets, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.
Butler will end the season having played in only 17 games and posting averages of 3.7 points and 1.3 rebounds. At age 36, Butler may considering hanging it up this summer, though he does hold a $1.5 million player option to return to the Kings next season. If Butler opts against retirement, it's possible he could decline the option and look to join a contending organization.
Butler played eight minutes in Tuesday's 115-107 loss to the Trail Blazers, contributing two points (1-1 FG).
Butler saw some run with five rotation members sitting out Tuesday due to rest or injury, but still didn't get enough minutes to make a real impact in the box score. The Kings figure to hold some key players out of the remaining four games while the team finishes out another lottery-bound season, but expect coach George Karl to give younger reserves like James Anderson and Ben McLemore more opportunities rather than the 36-year-old Butler.
Butler contributed nine points (2-4 FG, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, and two assists in 18 minutes during the Kings' 115-108 loss to the Pistons on Friday.
Butler's nine points were a season high, and his four rebounds and two assists both matched season highs as well. Butler has appeared in four of the last six games, but the 36-year-old is almost strictly a veteran voice in the locker room at this stage of his career.
Butler has only played in nine games this season for the Kings.
After playing in 78 games last season for the Pistons, Butler has only played in nine games this season, averaging 10 minutes a contest. The 35-year-old isn't likely to see his role expanded much the second half of the season, barring any injuries to the team. It appears that Butler has taken on more of a mentorship role with the Kings.
Butler (coach's decision) didn't play in Tuesday's 117-116 double-overtime loss to the Mavericks.
The Kings were short five players due to injury Monday, but even that wasn't enough for Butler to see the floor, despite the game requiring an extra 10 minutes to be decided. Butler looks like trade bait for a Kings team likely headed to the lottery, so expect him to ride the pine regularly until the front office is able to deal him elsewhere.
Butler posted one steal in eight minutes of action Thursday's blowout loss against the Celtics.
Butler hadn't logged a game since Nov. 19, and although he was apparently dealing with a knee injury, he was probably available to play for the most part. Given the Kings had a blowout loss on Thursday, he saw minutes on the court and didn't add much in the process. That being said, he'll be deemed healthy moving forward, but not likely to play in most close games.
Butler (knee) hasn't played in a game for the Kings since their Nov. 19 loss to the Heat.
Butler suffered a sprained left ankle at some point early last week. However, the Kings listed him as probable as recently as Saturday's game against the Warriors, and after he failed to play in that contest along with Monday's win over the Mavericks, it seems as though Butler just isn't a part of the rotation right now. He'll continue to retain the day-to-day tag until the Kings formally take him off the injury report or use him in a game.
Butler (knee) will sit out again Friday versus Minnesota, James Ham of CSNBayArea.com reports.
This will be the fourth consecutive game missed for Butler, who has sat out more than he has played this season. The Kings have plenty of depth in the small forward slot, so the Kings will be cautious with Butler until he is healthy. His next opportunity to play will be Saturday in Golden State.
Butler (knee) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Bucks, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports.
Butler is averaging just over 10 minutes per game this season and his impending absence will be rather easily covered by a combination of Marco Belinelli, James Anderson, and Omri Casspi. The next opportunity for the veteran to return will be Friday against Minnesota.
Butler (knee) is questionable for Wednesday night's game against the Bucks, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports.
Butler has played in a limited role off the bench all season, only appearing in seven games. It shouldn't come as a surprise if the Kings choose to hold Butler out for the night as to not aggravate the injury even more.
Butler will get his first start of the season Friday versus Brooklyn, Tim Bontemps of The New York Post reports.
With Rudy Gay out due to a stomach virus, Caron Butler will get an chance to start Friday. He'll try to earn himself some more minutes in the future opportunities.
The Kings announced the official signing of veteran forward Caron Butler on Thursday.
Butler's deal is for two-years at about $3 million, per Yahoo Sports.
Veteran forward Caron Butler has signed a two-year deal with the Kings worth $3 million, a league source has told Yahoo Sports.
The 35-year-old Butler, who has played for six different teams since 2010, averaged a career-low 5.9 points last season for Detroit in about 21 minutes per game. He shot a career-best 90.2 percent from the line, however.
Veteran forward Caron Butler is not long for the Bucks, to whom he was just dealt. He has confirmed via text that he will be waived before July 1 and will become a free agent. The team is seeking to create cap space.
The 35-year-old Butler took a huge hit statistically in 2014. He averaged 5.9 points per game - the first time in single figures since his second year in the league.
Ilyasova averaged 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 58 games during the 2014-15 season. Meanwhile, Butler averaged 5.9 points and Williams averaged 5.4 points.
Pistons forward Caron Butler said he feels playing in Detroit is a good fit for him, reports the Detroit Free Press.
"I'm in a good situation," he said. "I like where we're at. I like what we've been able to accomplish, being better than we were prior, and I feel like I've got my fingerprints all over these guys. So it's a great opportunity to come back and continue the thing on."
Despite coming off a career low in points and minutes, Butler said if he doesn't play for the Pistons next season, he would like to play for a contender.
"If not, obviously, the best thing for me is to contend," Butler said. "It's either one or the other. But I won't be looking for another situation to start over with some guys and stuff like that again. It's either do this or contend for it all."
The Pistons will be without guard Reggie Jackson and forward Tayshaun Prince for Friday night's game against the Bulls, according to the Oakland Press.
Both players were acquired by Detroit just before Thursday's trade deadline.
With Jackson and Prince on the bench, Spencer Dinwiddie will start at point guard and Caron Butler will start at small forward.
Jackson will likely enter the starting lineup for the Pistons on Sunday against the Wizards.
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