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Report: Kings still trying to trade Caron Butler, but Bucks less likely taker

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PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 04: Caron Butler #31 of the Sacramento Kings handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 4, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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The Kings reportedly promised they’d trade Caron Butler, the Bucks the supposed likely destination.

Half that plan has changed.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

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.