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Clippers Sign Caron Butler

In Free Agency on December 9, 2011 at 9:23 pm

The Washington Post reports

Caron Butler is headed back to Los Angeles.

The 31-year-old small forward, who was sidelined during the Dallas Mavericks’ run to their first NBA title, has agreed in principal to a three-year, $24 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, as first reported by TNT’s David Aldridge.

I don’t like this signing for the LA Clippers.

  • I consider Caron Butler to be a below par defender, solid rebounder and solid scorer. His lack of scoring efficiency can be an issue at times.
  • Three years and $24 million is a lot of money for a small forward coming off a major injury and has a questionable recent history performance wise.
  • Relies heavily on his midrange game which could become a larger problem for him as he ages. Will need to adjust to a lesser role as a scorer. He showed signs of this in Dallas early last season but got injured before we saw whether this was a temporary or permanent change. Hopefully, it’s permanent. If not, Caron Butler could age poorly and be a poor contributor over the long haul for that contract.
  • My biggest gripe — I don’t like bringing in a 31 year old small forward for a club that is clearly a young up and comer in the league. They should be looking to bring in quality young talent to go with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon (and to a lesser degree D.Jordan). If they cannot get that talent in the immediate sense, they should keep that cap flexibility open until a later date instead of spending it on overrated and overpaid older player.

The money isn’t even that bad. $8 million is a fine contract for someone of Caron’s skill-set but I don’t like the years because I don’t trust his health or his game enough to make that long term an investment + I don’t like the Clippers wasting their money on a 31 year swingman when they should be investing in young talent to put alongside Gordon and Griffin.

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