HoopsHype Caron Butler rumors

February 26, 2014 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that Wisconsin native Butler, who is earning $8 million this season on an expiring contract with his home-state Bucks, is on course to be released by Milwaukee on Wednesday and thus clear waivers Friday, well in advance of the Saturday midnight deadline by which time he must be set free to be eligible to play in the playoffs with another team. ESPN.com

There was a growing sense in NBA front-office circles Tuesday night that Butler is likely to land with Miami, which would potentially leave the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers to battle over former Indiana swingman Danny Granger if Granger goes through with a buyout in Philadelphia. ESPN.com

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Q (Willie): Any sense of whether Caron Butler gets bought out? Jorge Sierra: He's not a happy camper in Milwaukee, that's for sure. You just have to check his Instagram account: http://instagram.com/p/kphLJAgjCA/ It was a nice story: A player with a great career returning to his old stomping grounds to be a leader in the locker room and contribute to a rebuilding team. But pretty much nothing has gone right in Milwaukee this season. It's a little sad. If the Bucks waive him, expect Miami to express interest. HoopsHype

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You can safely assume Butler wouldn’t be a happy camper getting limited minutes the rest of the season and understandably so. He still has plenty in his tank. Suffice to say, he would be a fabulous addition for any playoff-bound team. Racine Journal-Times

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All of them, that is, except Caron Butler. While the Bucks veteran small forward from Racine was stoked after scoring 30 points in the Bucks’ 104-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Caron Butler Bobblehead Night, he made a pit stop to talk to Bucks owner Herb Kohl. “I had a moment with Sen. Kohl after the game because I really wanted to talk to him and express to him how excited I am to be here,” Butler said later. “I want to be here in Milwaukee and I want to be part of the process. This is home to me. I want to help these guys develop.” Racine Journal-Times

Since those comments a week ago, Butler said he not only told Kohl he was on board with the Bucks’ “process” but said he also had similar discussions with Bucks general manager John Hammond and coach Larry Drew. “It’s tough but the first thing to leave a ship when it’s sinking is the rats,” Butler said. “That ain’t my mentality. I’m not a person who jumps ship. This is a great opportunity to teach guys on the fly and help them get better. I have really enjoyed the process, watching Giannis, watching Nate (Wolters), watching big Miroslav (Raduljica), Khris Middleton, Brandon Knight, all of those guys. I want to continue helping them.” Racine Journal-Times

While Butler doesn’t expect to play 30-plus minutes going forward, he said he should be on the court “between 20 to 25 minutes.” “I have never had a problem in any place I’ve ever been in,” Butler said. “I know it’s a process. I just want to be play and help the guys, knowing in my heart, and not just in my mind, that I have the ability to help out. I know I can help out on a day-to-day basis. I got a lot left in the tank, so I just want to play.” Racine Journal-Times

January 16, 2014 Updates

Butler was asked if it's tough to play when a good portion of a team's fan base is already looking to the May draft lottery and the June draft. "It's tough," he said. "You should never look ahead because those things just don't happen like that. For teams that look ahead and lose games, intentionally or unintentionally, that's not the way to go about it. There's no for sure thing with that. You're playing with fire either way. On the same note, this is a small market. It's home for me, but it's not home for a lot of people. To get guys like myself and O.J. Mayo and Gary Neal to come in in free agency, you have to make it attractive for free agents to come to a market like this. If a hometown guy can't be happy here or guys like that, who will come here? I've never been one to bite my tongue and I've got a lot of friends in the NBA, and I express myself. As of now I'm happy and I want to be here, but I'm going to continue to express myself." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

But his playing time has fluctuated greatly in recent games. He played just 8 minutes against Chicago last week and did not play due to coach's decision in Oklahoma City on Saturday. He played 16 minutes in Toronto on Monday and had 10 points in 19 minutes in the Bucks' 82-77 home loss to Memphis on Wednesday. "You just want to play a role in the process and win," Butler said. "This is home for me. Some people live here and go away. I live here and work here. I want to see this place succeed more than anybody." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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