The NBA buyout season has been more exciting than the NBA trade deadline so far.
And now, we can add Caron Butler to that list.
As Gery Woelful first reported on Tuesday evening, the Milwaukee Bucks and Caron Butler’s agent have been in negotiations to buyout 33-year-old forward. ESPN then reported late Tuesday night, that a buyout between the Bucks and Butler would be finalized today.
Sources told ESPN.com that Wisconsin native Butler, who is earning $8 million this season on an expiring contract with his home-state Bucks, is on course to be released by Milwaukee on Wednesday and thus clear waivers Friday, well in advance of the Saturday midnight deadline by which time he must be set free to be eligible to play in the playoffs with another team.
Butler is set to become a free agent at some point this weekend, if not before. The overwhelming belief is that he’ll land with the Miami Heat, where his career started back in 2002.
Not many people who have passed through Heat organization have been more appreciated than Caron Butler. So now we wait…
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) February 26, 2014
If Caron Butler gets this buyout and doesn't join the Heat, I'll be shocked.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) February 26, 2014
Butler could fill the “Mike Miller” role for the Heat this season with Miller now on the Grizzlies. Basically, he’ll do whatever the Heat need him to do. If that’s to start occasionally, or if that’s to eat up a DNP. Sometimes the Heat may need a 15-point game from a bench player and sometimes they won’t need anything.
The key is to have options. That’s what Miami has so often done during the buyout season in the past. Last season they added Chris “Bridman” Andersen. I think that worked out pretty well for them.
Butler averaged 11 points and 4.6 rebounds per game this season with the Bucks in 34 games.