Caron Butler’s return to his home state has not gone as planned, and the team is expected to buy him out Wednesday.
Reports surfaced Tuesday afternoon that the Bucks and Caron Butler were in talks to potentially buy out the veteran’s contract. At first, nothing was definitive, but it now appears Butler could be bought out as early as Wednesday. The latest ESPN.com report indicates Butler will likely be released Wednesday, allowing him to clear waivers Friday. The league mandates that a player must be released prior to March 1 to be eligible to play in the playoffs with another team.
Butler, a native of Racine, WI, is expected to be pursued by several title-contending teams, and the Miami Heat, with whom Butler played his first two NBA seasons, are believed to be the frontrunner.
The 33-year-old came to Milwaukee with hopes of acting as a veteran leader for a team with playoff aspirations. Those hopes quickly came crashing down, however, and Butler – like many of his teammates – found himself frequently injured and without a consistent role on the league’s worst team. After starting 78 game for the Clippers last season, Butler has appeared in just 34 games and is shooting a paltry 38.7 percent from the field.
Should he end up signing with Miami, Butler would likely slot in as a key contributor off the bench capable of playing both the shooting guard and small forward spots. As a rookie with the Heat in 2002-03, Butler started 78 games, averaging 15.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
If Butler is released, as expected, the Bucks would be relieved of his $8 million cap figure, though he is on an expiring contract.