HoopsHype Caron Butler rumors

November 14, 2013 Updates

The Bucks received some good news regarding the injury suffered by forward Caron Butler late in Wednesday's game at Orlando. Butler was diagnosed with a mild left shoulder strain after undergoing tests in Orlando on Thursday, team officials confirmed. It's uncertain how long he will be out but he avoided a serious injury. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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In the early afternoon hours of July 3, owner Donald Sterling called Los Angeles Clippers president Andy Roeser and informed him he had rescinded approval on moving Eric Bledsoe and acquiring free agent J.J. Redick in a sign-and-trade agreement. The three-team deal – delivered the owner's blessing only two days earlier – no longer interested Sterling. Call it off, Sterling instructed Roeser, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Deal's dead. Yahoo! Sports

October 17, 2013 Updates

Butler figures a reduction in weight will be beneficial for his body. “Last year I played at 230,” Butler said. “So I’m looking to play at 220 this year. “By losing that weight, I can be a little quicker and take less pounding and wear and tear on my body.” However, Butler, whom the Bucks acquired from Phoenix Aug. 29, concedes dropping weight won’t be as easy now that he’s back in his old stomping grounds. “I got a lot of home cooking now with my grandmother and my mom,” said Butler, a Racine native who attended Park High School. “So, I got to continue to pace myself with all that eating.” Racine Journal-Times

October 4, 2013 Updates

Butler has taken Drew’s request to heart. Shortly after joining the Bucks, Butler reached out and contacted his new teammates. Then, last week, Butler dialed them up again, this time for a night out at a popular downtown Milwaukee restaurant. “I just wanted to get off to a good start with my teammates,” Butler said. “I think it was a good way to build camaraderie. “All the guys showed up and we had a great dinner and talked about expectations for the season together on and off the court. “It was a good session.” Racine Journal-Times

Pachulia, who is entering his 11th pro season, said Butler may have triggered a team ritual. “Caron was the first one to get us all together,” Pachulia said. “That’s what a leader does; he leads by example. “He gave me an example to follow; he gave others an example to follow. Now I’m next in line to take everyone out for dinner. “Like I said, what Caron did was a great example and I’m sure we’ll benefit from it.” Racine Journal-Times

September 6, 2013 Updates

They arranged a conference call with the two-time NBA All-Star from Racine and wanted to know if he had any reservations about playing for the Bucks. “We were basically telling Caron how bad we wanted him and how it would be a great fit for him,” Hammond said. “At one point in our conversation, Caron stopped me in my tracks and said, ‘You don’t have to convince me. I’m excited about playing for the Bucks. I want to be there.’ “The conversation went on a while and he said, ‘I just have a request, one favor.’ And we said, ‘Sure. What is it?’ “Caron said if we were going to have a presser he would like to have it in Racine. He said, ‘Can we do that?’ And we said, ‘Of course.’ “It just made sense. Racine is home for Caron.” Racine Journal-Times

Butler had barely settled into a home in Scottsdale, Ariz., before the Bucks came calling. He called his mother about the news. To Paden, it was Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July all rolled into one. “When he called me and told me he was being traded to the Bucks, I started screaming and shouting and jumping all around the house like a little kid,” Paden said. “My husband (Melvin) said, ‘What’s going on? What’s happening?’ “I told him, ‘Caron is going to play for the Bucks. My baby is coming home. I said, ‘Thank you God in the name of Jesus’ about 20 times. I was so overwhelmed, so blessed.” Racine Journal-Times

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Just three weeks ago, Caron Butler and his family moved into their new, beautiful home in a Phoenix suburb.Thursday, they were packing up their belongings and moving out. Not that Butler had any qualms about doing so. After all, the Racine native is returning to “home’’ to Wisconsin. The 33-year-old Butler officially learned he had been traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Milwaukee Bucks. “I’m very excited. Ecstatic. Can’t wait,’’ Butler said in a phone interview. “I never thought in a million years this was going to happen. I’m thoroughly excited.’ Racine Journal-Times

The Suns have agreed to trade Butler, a Racine, Wis., native, to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Ish Smith and center Slava Kravtsov about seven weeks after they acquired Butler and hailed him as a veteran influence for the youthful Suns and part of the future. Arizona Republic

Butler, 33, will make $8 million this season on an expriring contract but the Bucks could absorb most of that with $7.5 million of cap space. Smith, who has played 121 games for six teams, will make a guaranteed $985,000 this season with a 2014-15 team option at the same salary. Kravtsov, who logged 25 games in Detroit as a rookie last season, is on an expiring deal for a guaranteed $1.5 million. Arizona Republic

The 33-year-old has since been working out in Phoenix and was a featured player at the podium when the Suns recently unveiled a new uniform design. Sources, however, say McDonough has consented to allow Butler to realize a lifelong dream of playing for Milwaukee with the trade. ESPN.com

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