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Clippers sign Caron Butler for 3 years, $24M

Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:10 pm
By Matt Moore  

Caron Butler (Getty Images)Two days ago the Clippers were considered a potential front-runner in the race for Chris Paul. Thursday, they completed the most Clipper-esque move they could make. David Aldridge of reports that the Clippers have signed the 31-year-old, coming-off-knee-surgery Caron Butler to a three-year, $24 million deal. 

Yup, still the Clippers.

Butler has toned down some of his worst temperments in recent years. He's a little easier on the trigger finger, works hard in a defensive scheme, has veteran experience and was a difference maker on the Mavs last season before he went down with knee surgery. Unfortunately, he's 31, and he went down with knee surgery.

The offers on the table for Butler as of Wednesday included the $5 million Mid-Level Exception from either the Spurs or Bulls, to be a competent role player on a championship contender, or $7 million to go to either the Nets or Clippers.

The Clippers went one million dollars above that to make sure they got Butler. Alongside Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin, Butler will be one of the veteran linchpins for a team that needed to improve on both ends of the floor. 

In unrelated news, the NBA Board of Governors was expected to vote to approve the new CBA deal which they agreed to with the NBPA (also voting Thursday) after a five-month lockout in an effort by owners to control wasteful spending. 

Wocka wocka wocka.


Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:40 am

Clippers sign Caron Butler for 3 years, $24M

Why is this article so down on Butler? I think they got an underrated player that I would take over giving big money to Chandler. Good move Clippers!

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:33 pm

Clippers sign Caron Butler for 3 years, $24M

Great pickup for the Clips, assuming he can stay healthy. I've always liked Caron Butler and hated to see the Wizards trade him [although I knew it had to happen]. The dude is professional, hard working, and will not be a distraction. Clippers are looking much stronger with this latest addition: Gordon-Williams-Griffin-Butler-Kama


Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:36 pm

Clippers sign Caron Butler for 3 years, $24M

Since corrected. Thanks.

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:32 pm

Nice one.

Lynch pin? Accidental culturally insensitive misspelling FTW!


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