Cavs Rumors: Cavaliers in Constant Contact with Forward Caron Butler

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In the midst of a flurry of moves and deals being made on the first official day of free agency, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne has tweeted that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in constant contact with free agent Caron Butler, who was released yesterday by his most recent team, the Milwaukee Bucks.

The 35-year-old Butler played with the Detroit Pistons last year, but was dealt to the Bucks on June 11, along with Shawne Williams, in exchange for Ersan Ilyasova. Butler can play both the small forward and shooting guard positions. Prior to last season, he signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Pistons, but the next season’s contract wasn’t guaranteed.

Butler averaged 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game with Detroit during his 13th season in the NBA, seeing action in 78 games and starting 21 of those contests. The Pistons were the eighth different team that he’s played for, with his most prominent play coming with the Washington Wizards from 2005-10. The best two seasons for Butler took place between 2007-09, when he averaged 20.3 and 20.8 points, respectively during those two campaigns.

Shams Charania of Real GM has noted that five other teams also have interest: the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls.

Butler could conceivably fill the hole left by the retirement of Shawn Marion, though the Cavaliers are hoping that he’d able to contribute more than Marion.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.