May 3, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers small forward Caron Butler (5) dribbles the ball in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Suns Trade Butler to Bucks For Smith, Kravtsov


According the multiple media reports (Paul Coro had it first officially on Twitter), the Phoenix Suns have agreed to trade small forward Caron Butler to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for point guard Ish Smith and center Slava Kravtsov.

The Suns gain $5.65 million of cap space for any potential in-season trades but also save that money to make an expected costly waiver of Michael Beasley more palatable. Beasley would be owed $9 million of guaranteed salary.

Butler, 33, will make $8 million this season on an expriring contract but the Bucks could absorb most of that with $7.5 million of cap space.


The Suns traded for Caron Butler a little less than two months ago, in a three team trade that also involved J.J. Redick, Jared Dudley and Eric Bledsoe.

Butler was supposed to be a veteran leader in a young Suns locker room, the Suns “hailed him as part of the future”. I guess it really is a business in the NBA.

Kravtsov appeared in 25 games as a rookie for the Detroit Pistons, where he only managed to 3.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

Once again, for old times’ sake, can someone please explain to me what in the world the Milwaukee Bucks are doing???


Tags: Caron Butler Ish Smith Milwaukee Bucks NBA Offseason Phoenix Suns Slava Kravtsov

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