HoopsHype Caron Butler rumors


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Q: Tell us what the process was and really why you wanted to come here with the Thunder. Caron Butler: I just thought it would be a great opportunity for me as a veteran guy to play alongside some of the elite talents like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and obviously (Serge) Ibaka and (Kendrick) Perkins and the list goes on. It’s a young core, a young nucleus, and I like what they represent. Playing in the Washington area for years, I had a chance to watch Kevin mature and become this superstar that he’s become. And I just love what he represents. I love what this whole organization represents, and I thought it would be a good fit. Oklahoman

Q: You’ve gone up against these guys obviously before and have seen them from a far. Did you have any kind of personal relationship with any of them on the team before now? Caron Butler: We got a couple o UConn guys in Jeremy Lamb and Thabeet, and obviously they have a great medical staff and the head trainer in Joe Sharpe. I was familiar with all of those guys, and they told me so many great things about the organization prior to this upcoming season. So it was always a place that I felt like was it exciting to play. I felt like they always had the sixth man wild out there. It’s just a great atmosphere for basketball. And coming from the University of Connecticut, Storrs was always rocking and that’s something that I missed and was willing to accept back with open arms. Oklahoman

Q: A lot of people thought you were going to sign with Miami when you became available. How tough a decision was it? Caron Butler: It was a tough decision for a lot of reasons just because you have so many viable contenders that’s reaching out for you and asking for your services in different ways. But Oklahoma was the place that I wanted to be, and I decided to come. And I prayed on it, and you can’t question God. Oklahoman

"I think when you look at our roster, and I think in our conversations with them, they wanted a meaningful role, and I don't blame them," Riley said. "And we're pretty deep. When you've got James Jones and Udonis Haslem and Rashard Lewis in those positions, they're waiting, and Mike [Beasley] and Greg [Oden] are getting minutes from [roster spots] nine and 10. They were looking for something else. "We love Caron. We reached out to him. But he was very definitive with what he wanted and I don't think it's something we could have promised." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

March 2, 2014 Updates

Former Heat player Caron Butler signed with Oklahoma City this week after being bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks. While the Heat had interest in Butler, he wasn’t viewed as a priority by the Heat’s front office. “We love Caron,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We always have viewed him as a Miami Heat guy even though he was only here for a short period of time. But he carried himself in the fashion that we pride ourselves in. “He’s going to a situation he feels is right for him. We felt we made our moves during the offseason, getting Greg Oden and Michael Beasley.” Miami Herald

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