After being bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks and clearing waivers, Caron Butler has agreed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Caron Butler has agreed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 28, 2014
The Miami Heat were reportedly the other frontrunner to sign Butler.
The Thunder waived Ryan Gomes earlier this season, opening up another roster spot.
Heading into the trade deadline, it was rumored that the Thunder were looking to add a two-way wing player.
Signing Butler without giving anything else up is probably one of the best cases for the Thunder.
Butler played the last two seasons with the Clippers and has played with the Bucks this season. He’s averaging 11.0 points per game and shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc this season.
Butler will likely be given the chance to play meaningful minutes for the Thunder this season. I don’t think this will be like what we saw with the Ronnie Brewer signing last season.
Butler has playoff experience, is a very tough player (nicknamed Tuff Juice) and can add to the versatility the Thunder can go with in terms of lineups.
I think this may mean that Jeremy Lamb’s minutes may star to dip. Lamb has been in a slump of late, playing a lot for the first time ever this year and the length of the season may be getting to him.
With Kendrick Perkins out especially, Scott Brooks has been going small quite a bit and Butler is another player that may be valuable in small lineups for the Thunder.
The Thunder will likely be closing out games with some combination of these players: Westbrook-Jackson-Fisher-Sefolosha-Butler-Durant-Ibaka-Collison. That’ll be the main eight-man rotation with Lamb and Adams rounding out the 10 players that should still be seeing the floor every game. Perry Jones may be the odd man out here.
You can run Butler off screens, he’s been an elite spot-up shooter over the past few years and he can be a useful defender (especially when compared to Lamb).
Part of why this signing may also be big is that Butler won’t be signing with the Heat or Spurs now. The Clippers signed Danny Granger, a player the Thunder stopped pursuing once they felt they could sign Butler.