The Milwaukee Bucks signed Carlos Delfino to be the starting small forward in the upcoming season. Unfortunately, his ankle has been giving him issues, which means he will be a backup at best assuming he can play. For that reason, the Bucks decided to acquire small forward Caron Butler to bring some veteran experience to the starting lineup.
It is hard to find a talented veteran to come to Milwaukee. The organization has developed a reputation over the years as not an ideal place to play. The reason for that is they have not put a legitimate winning product on the court in over a decade. However, Butler is thrilled about returning to a city he is truly fond of.
“I didn’t think it would ever happen, that this dream I had many years ago could become a reality,” Butler, who grew up in Racine, Wis. said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That’s funny.
“I’m good for whatever is needed. I’m definitely in great shape and I can’t wait for the season to start.”
Butler averaged 10.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 78 games for the Los Angeles Clippers last season. He also managed to shoot 42.4 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Small forward was a position of interest for the Bucks heading into the 2013-14 NBA season. They selected Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft to be the starter of the future. However, they needed someone to help make Milwaukee contenders in the present. Butler will do that while suiting up next to O.J. Mayo, Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders.
“The Bucks made the playoffs last season and that’s a great start,” Butler told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I want to continue to do that and set the bar higher.”