Caron Butler and the Milwaukee Bucks have officially reached a buyout, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Caron Butler has reached a contract buyout agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 27, 2014
Butler is expected to sign with either the Miami Heat or Oklahoma City Thunder. As explained by Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report, his relationship with Dwyane Wade and history with the organization could trump regular playing time.
One of the reasons Butler wanted out of Milwaukee in the first place is because he wasn’t receiving enough playing time. The Thunder would likely promise more consistent time for Butler.
The Heat would need to clear a roster spot, having used the one vacated by Roger Mason Jr. on DeAndre Liggins.
Miami would likely part ways with either Liggins, who is on a 10-day contract, or Toney Douglas.
Douglas is on an expiring deal and is the third point guard on a depth chart with many facilitators elsewhere.
Butler could be used in place of a resting Wade as we get closer to the playoffs. This would also help preserve Ray Allen, who has been a spot starter this season.
With the Bucks, Butler averaged 11 points per game in 24.1 minutes per game while shooting 38.7 percent from three–a number that will likely increase with more open looks in either the Heat’s or Thunder’s offense.
Butler was drafted 10th overall by Miami in the 2002 draft and was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in a package for Shaquille O’Neal.