According to Paul Coro of AzCentral.com, the Bucks have agreed to a deal with the Suns to acquire small forward Caron Butler in exchange for point guard Ish Smith and center Slava Kravtsov.
Caron Butler, a Racine, Wisconsin native, spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers. The 11-year vet averaged 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24.1 minutes per game last season. At 33-years of age, Butler brings some veteran leadership to a team with a number of young players.
The Bucks acquired Kravtsov about a month ago in the deal that sent Brandon Jennings to Milwaukee. Kravtsov was never formally introduced by the Bucks organization, so seeing him being shipped out comes with little surprise.
Ish Smith joined the Bucks mid-season last year after being a piece of the deal that brought J.J. Redick to Milwaukee. Caron Butler was shipped to the Suns as part of the three-team trade that sent J.J. Redick to the Clippers.
In summary, the Bucks gave up chump change to acquire a capable veteran who can fill the starting small forward position while Carlos Delfino recovers from his injury. Yes, Butler will take minutes from rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo, but it’s hard to categorize this trade as anything other then a win for Milwaukee.
Stay tuned, Behind the Buck Pass will have more reaction as this story develops and becomes official.