After playing with seven different teams over 12 seasons, Caron Butler is no stranger to frequent changes in scenery. Currently, Butler is contemplating where to play next season. However, he probably will not be making his decision just yet.
With a lot of big name free agents on the market this summer, Butler may wait to see where the major free agents sign and then decide on a destination.
LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony will probably have the most influence on Butler’s decision. Once James and Anthony decide where they will play next season, Caron Butler’s intended destination will become clearer.
Butler’s best chance to win an NBA championship is to be a role player for a contender next season. Butler was traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. With the Thunder, Butler shot 44.1 percent from beyond the arc. Oklahoma City made it as far as the Western Conference Finals, ultimately losing to the San Antonio Spurs.
As of now, the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs have all expressed interest in Butler. Butler was drafted by the Heat in the 2002 NBA Draft and spent his first two seasons in South Beach. LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade are all free agents, so the Heat roster certainly has a large question mark surrounding it. Shooters Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis are also free agents, so the Heat need to find a few new long-range specialists. However, the uncertainty of LeBron James re-signing with Miami may keep Butler from doing any business with the Heat just yet.
After playing with Miami, Butler moved cross-country to play with the Lakers in 2004. Currently, Los Angeles is in need of players in general. The roster was pretty bare entering the summer. Rumor has it the Lakers are the leaders in signing Carmelo Anthony for next season. If Anthony signs with Los Angeles, Butler may decide to team up with Anthony and Kobe Bryant.
Although Butler has never spent time in San Antonio, the Spurs’ recent championship looks very appealing to the veteran. After re-signing Boris Diaw, the Spurs roster from last season is basically the same. After cruising by the Heat in the Finals, San Antonio is definitely gearing up for another run. Adding Butler would provide further depth with Manu Ginobli, Danny Green and Marco Belinelli on the wings already.
There is no question Caron Butler’s shooting talents will immediately earn him time on the court next season. Figuring out where to play next season may take a little more time.