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Report: Caron Butler has legit interest in Bulls

Posted on: December 1, 2011 4:29 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivercaron-butler

Miami Heat All-Star forward averaged 25.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 2.4 steals and 2.0 blocks per game in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Chicago Bulls. What more do you need to know about where Chicago should focus its attention during free agency than that?

The Chicago Tribune reports that Caron Butler, a big, athletic and skilled wing, could land in Chicago to help close the drastic perimeter gap between the two odds-on favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals this year.
Caron Butler has been working out in Chicago this offseason and is fully rehabilitated from surgery on his right knee. As the NBA free-agency period begins the test-the-waters mode, Butler's interest in the Bulls is legitimate, according to league sources. One source close to Butler said that Butler said early Thursday morning, "I hope I don't have to leave."

Interest in Butler is widespread. The Spurs, Heat, Clippers and Bulls are among the teams that expressed serious interest in him on Wednesday, the first day teams could contact agents. It's possible the Mavericks will enter the arena in an attempt to re-sign him too. 
Dallas is in a tough spot here. They are already well over the salary cap and will go into luxury tax territory if they are able to accomplish their top free agency goal: re-signing center Tyson Chandler. Butler has said he wants to return but retaining him would come at a doubly steep price for Dallas. Same thing for fellow free agents J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson. Nobody wants to bring the whole title-winning crew back more than owner Mark Cuban but it is a fiscally insane proposition.

Butler got a taste of a title last season but a serious knee injury prevented him from making an appearance down the stretch. He's three seasons remove from his career year -- 2008-2009 -- and he's 31 years old now, so the downslide is approaching. His scoring ability and 6-foot-7, 217-pound size are the major selling points and are badly needed by the Bulls. It's possible a team that is below the cap could offer Butler more than a Mid-Level Exception but if he leaves Dallas he probably makes the most sense as a full-MLE guy on a team with a real shot at title contention. That would, obviously, include the Bulls.
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Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Report: Caron Butler has legit interest in Bulls

The Bulls or now the Spurs where he is rumored to go are not the Washington Wizards, one of the biggest failures in Basketball. 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Report: Caron Butler has legit interest in Bulls

You miss the point with "different franchise, different season." It's the same old Caron Butler. To call Antawn Jamison a bum is rediculous. Stick with hockey, and stay in Canada. I'm hardly a bitter fan. Fact - Caron Butler is no better than Andray Blatche on ANY team, ANY season.
I can tell your bitter and emotional just by your idiotic comments. This Canadian knows a hell of a lot more than you do about basketball.

Learn how to spell. 



Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Report: Caron Butler has legit interest in Bulls

You miss the point with "different franchise, different season." It's the same old Caron Butler. To call Antawn Jamison a bum is rediculous. Stick with hockey, and stay in Canada. I'm hardly a bitter fan. Fact - Caron Butler is no better than Andray Blatche on ANY team, ANY season.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Report: Caron Butler has legit interest in Bulls

The Wizards problem was that they sucked, and choked year after year in the playoffs. Jamison was and is an over paid bum. Arenas is a gun toting over paid maniac who has little to no success anywheres. Butler was the least of here problems. You just seem like a bitter fan with a one side opinion. He could help a team, regardless if he was a problem then, this is 2011-2012... different franchise, different season. 



Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:43 am
 

Report: Caron Butler has legit interest in Bulls

I attend more than 20 games a season, miss maybe 2 a year on the TV, and follow the Wizards closer than any other team in DC. To say the least, I'm a fan. And can be optimistic at times (understatement) but before I read this write up by one of my favorite beat writers, Mike Prada, I had the same feeling and that Gilbert wasn't to blame. It's a good read, and from the locker room experiences (few, but more than the average fan) through sporting networking events, and from sitting behind the Wizards bench at least 5 times a year (even more times during those years) I back this article up 100%. I couldn't said it any better.

 



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Report: Caron Butler has legit interest in Bulls

I do respect Caron as did the NBA champions last year. As for Chicago, they appear to be on the fringe of the probable luxury tax with the mid-level. They can use it but perhaps cannot use all of it (Chicago today has $65,888,364 including draft picks under contract or drafted.) They would be all-in on Butler and still need a 2 guard.

There are better suited players who will be available. Given, for example, the idea offered above for Orlando to trade to New Orleans for Chris Paul with return players available to be flipped, Chicago would be a suitable final stop for JJ Reddick. JR Smith was once thought to be a candidate but his signing in China has changed that for now. Jamal Crawford would also be a good offensive pick up. Some might like Shannon Brown. I don't think Michael Redd has much left in the tank and i am not a CDR fan. Ronnie Price may want to stay in Utah but can play a bit. So in terms of proven talent (not restricted or under contract) there are few options to get Chicago a starter.



Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Report: Caron Butler has legit interest in Bulls

Butler always gets injured and now he is coming off majory surgery. I wouldn't be surprised if Ronnie Brewer has a more productive season next year.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Report: Caron Butler has legit interest in Bulls

Caron Butler is terrible. Him being injured and not available was a key factor in the Mavericks Championship. 

He thinks hes Kobe Bryant, he thinks he deserver Kobe Bryant respect, and is a terrible Locker room teammate. He's a team killer, and doesnt have a fraction of the talent Bryant has. 
It seem's like to be in the "Top 1k" on CBS Sports it just means you comment a lot, but offer no factual information to back it up.

If you can show me some proof he said "he thinks hes Kobe Bryant" and he "deserver" Kobe Bryant respect I will apoligize.

I didn't realize averaging 16.6 pts over a nine year career made you a "terrible" player.



Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Report: Caron Butler has legit interest in Bulls

Caron Butler is terrible. Him being injured and not available was a key factor in the Mavericks Championship. 

He thinks hes Kobe Bryant, he thinks he deserver Kobe Bryant respect, and is a terrible Locker room teammate. He's a team killer, and doesnt have a fraction of the talent Bryant has. 


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