As of this moment, the Los Angeles Lakers have a whole six players on the roster, including two rookies they drafted last week. That’s why putting together a nice NBA Free Agency haul will be so important, and veteran small forward Caron Butler could be part of the plan.
While he’s far from his former self at the ripe age of 34, Butler has shown in recent years that he can still be a significant part of an NBA team. Last season, he averaged 10.5 points per game in 56 appearances (13 starts) with the Thunder and Milwaukee Bucks. He shot nearly 40 percent from the field – 40 percent from beyond the arc – while also displaying decent defensive ability.
The Lakers depended largely on unproven talent throughout the 2013-14 season, so bringing aboard a seasoned veteran like Butler seems like a step in the right direction.
Especially since the Lakers don’t currently have a small forward on the roster, Butler stands a strong chance of seeing significant minutes if he was to head back to L.A. He played with the Lakers during the 2004-05 season, so he’s familiar with the team and is reportedly good friends with Kobe Bryant.
It may not be the most ideal situation for an aging veteran likely looking to add one final ring to his collection, but Butler would be a great fit for the Lakers. We’ll see if he overlooks the obvious downsides of joining the Purple and Gold, and helps them build towards a brighter future.