Sometimes it just doesn’t work out the way it was planned. Last offseason when the Milwaukee Bucks signed Caron Butler both sides were all smiles. The Bucks were getting a veteran to balance their youth and Butler was coming home to Southeastern Wisconsin. Now, after only a partial season, it’s time to split. Caron, we hardly knew you.
How did this happen? Both sides are usually to blame, but it’s mostly the Bucks’ situation that is dictating this required split. Butler has produced as expected, putting up 10.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. This is in line with his play with the Los Angeles Clippers and filled the void at small forward for Milwaukee. Yes, Butler has suffered injuries and voiced frustration over his lack of playing time, but in general he has played the leadership role he was brought in to help fill. After he signed, it didn’t take long for Butler to join the Milwaukee community through various charity events and tear-filled interviews, making his way into the fans’ hearts. It’s not often someone really wants to come to Milwaukee.
At this point in his career, Butler projects to be a bench player for a playoff team. The Bucks can expect either a second-round pick or expiring contract in return or both. Ultimately, if Butler wants to go, he should be allowed to go.
Bottom line: Butler should be traded for draft picks or swapped for another expiring contract. There is no use for Butler in Milwaukee and he deserves a chance somewhere else.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant.