Bucks, Caron Butler Finalize Buyout

Needless to say, Caron Butler’s return to his home state did not go as planned.

The Bucks officially requested waivers on Caron Butler on Thursday after the two sides came to an agreement on a buyout.

It was reported earlier this week that Butler wanted out of Milwaukee. The Racine, Wis. native was initially thrilled to return to his home state, but the Bucks’ well-documented struggles appear to have changed his mind. Still, the breakup has been amicable, by all accounts, and Butler issued the following statement through a team release Thursday.

“It’s been a dream come true to wear the Milwaukee uniform which so many of my idols growing up wore,” Butler said. “I’d like to thank Sen. Herb Kohl, John Hammond and Larry Drew for the opportunity to live out my dream of playing for the Bucks. The entire organization has treated me and my family in a first-class manner that we will never forget. I would be remiss if I didn’t also thank the great fans of Milwaukee, Racine and the entire state of Wisconsin for always standing with us during a challenging season. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

Butler is expected to receive interest from a number of contending teams, and the Miami Heat are reportedly the front-runner. Butler played his first two NBA seasons in South Beach and is good friends with Dwyane Wade.

Since the buyout was agreed prior to the Mar. 1 deadline, Butler will be eligible to play in the playoffs, even if he does not officially sign a contract prior to that date.

Bulter averaged 11.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 38.7 percent from the field in 34 games for the Bucks.

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