Caron Butler isn’t happy in his home state of Wisconsin.
Butler, who was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks by a rebuilding Phoenix Suns last summer, expected to play more this season.
However, the struggling Bucks have opted to play youngsters Khris Middleton and Giannas Antetokounmpo ahead of the 33-year-old.
Butler’s minutes have been a bit of game-to-game roller coaster. He attempted six shots in 15 minutes against the New York Knicks three nights after going 7-for-12 for 20 points in Orlando.
He expressed his displeasure with his role in a recent report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“Coach (Larry Drew) understands that and I’ve talked to him. He’s been more than helpful, and (general manager) John Hammond and everyone. I know it’s a process and we’ll get through it. We’re not even halfway through the season. Hopefully something turns for the better for the team and myself.”
Something better could be a trade or a buyout. Butler is making $8 million in a contract year and, from the sound of it, wants to keep playing.
If the Bucks buy him out, Miami could use another veteran wing at the veteran minimum. However, he wouldn’t likely crack the Heat’s rotation. If he wants playing time, Miami isn’t the place.
For now, it looks like Butler will stay. He remarks a few times that he wants to stay in Milwaukee but just wants more playing time. If the Bucks decide to move on, though, Miami as a destination will certainly come up.