Report: Kings still trying to trade Caron Butler, but Bucks less likely taker
The Kings reportedly promised they’d trade Caron Butler, the Bucks the supposed likely destination.
Half that plan has changed.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Some trade scuttle: Sacramento remains committed to trading Caron Butler, but word is Bucks, as of now, are leaning against a deal for vet F— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 29, 2015
Trading for Butler made little sense for Milwaukee. It makes even less sense now. The Bucks are 12-21, and with Jason Kidd out, they could punt on the season. At minimum, they shouldn’t trade future assets for over-the-hill veterans. Plus, Kidd – Butler’s former Mavericks teammate – was likely the one pushing for Butler. If Kidd isn’t around to coach him, who wants Butler?
That question extends beyond Milwaukee.
Butler is a quality veteran to have in the locker room, but he’s 35 and has declined majorly. Some teams might give him more than the 86 minutes he’s gotten in Sacramento, but I don’t know where he’d definitely crack the rotation.
Plus, Butler has a player option for next season. I’m not sure many teams will value his leadership enough to take that cap hit next season – even at the minimum salary against a skyrocketed salary cap.