HoopsHype Caron Butler rumors


July 4, 2014 Updates
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While retaining Trevor Ariza remains their focus after already locking up Marcin Gortat, the Wizards don’t want to be caught stammering in case the free agent swingman chooses to play elsewhere. The Wizards have quietly worked behind the scenes and reached out to several potential replacements, including the last small forward to reach all-star status with the franchise: Caron Butler. A person close to Butler confirmed Thursday that Washington expressed interest in the veteran swingman. Washington Post

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Michael Lee: Caron Butler ponders future after OKC's season ends with loss to SAS: http://wapo.st/TdclSt / Marcin Gortat: @Michael Lee get him... Twitter

Ben M: Marcin wants Caron Butler back in a Wizards uniform. RT: @MGortat: @Michael Lee get him... / Marcin Gortat: @Ben M, @Michael Lee that would be awesome Twitter

This offseason, Butler will have to ponder scenarios that he hasn’t ever had to consider. He will be a free agent for the second time in his career at an age when teams around the league are seeking younger, cheaper options. But Butler remains hopeful that he will field a few long distance calls from contending teams this summer. “The need for your services and where you fit in best. Where you want to finish your career at,” Butler said, rattling off what he will focus on this summer. “A lot of things you got to look at and obviously you want to continue to win and play a role on this, so we’ll just have to see what happens.” Washington Post

June 2, 2014 Updates

Butler and Grant Jerrett were the only Thunder players who didn’t address the media. Jerrett has yet to play. I think Butler has played his final game. Butler actually started two games in the Memphis playoff series but didn’t play at all in Game 6 against the Spurs. Butler will be 35 in the 2015 playoffs. If Butler was coming back or wanted to, he’d have poked his head in the media room. Oklahoman

April 20, 2014 Updates

Caron Butler pumped on the wing, darted toward the lane and rocked in a one-hand highlight hammer dunk. The Thunder crowd let out a collective roar. But it was preceded by a quick moment of confusion – a momentary silence indicating a general “Wait, what?” feeling. “Caron’s dunk probably surprised 18,203 fans,” Scott Brooks joked. “As well as the staff and our players.” But it fired them up, too. Oklahoman

April 19, 2014 Updates

“Everyone in the league knows about her,” said Caron Butler, a 12-year N.B.A. veteran who stayed at the Skirvin many times before he joined the Thunder this season. “Hopefully, she’ll haunt all the teams that come for the playoffs.” The legend holds that Effie was a housekeeper during the early years of the Skirvin, a luxury downtown hotel, before its 10 brick floors were expanded to 14 in 1930. W. B. Skirvin, the hotel’s widowed owner, supposedly had an affair with Effie and, when she became pregnant, ordered her to stay locked inside a room on an upper floor, even after she had the baby. At some point, the story goes, Effie went crazy, grabbed the baby and jumped, killing herself and the child. New York Times

March 24, 2014 Updates

Because however low the conversion percentage is for individuals, it’s still better than the alternative for their teams. This season alone, 51 points have resulted from halfcourt prayers. “A shot not taken is a field goal missed,” Caron Butler said. Oklahoman

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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

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