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Report: Veteran forward Caron Butler to sign with the Thunder

by Anthony Slater Published: February 28, 2014


photo - Twelve-year NBA veteran Caron Butler is expected to clear waivers and join the Thunder. (AP Photo/The Journal Times, Scott Anderson)
Twelve-year NBA veteran Caron Butler is expected to clear waivers and join the Thunder. (AP Photo/The Journal Times, Scott Anderson)

The Thunder brass has finally pulled the trigger on a roster move.

Veteran forward Caron Butler, who was recently bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks, has agreed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Butler is expected to clear waivers on Saturday at 4 p.m. CT and will be free to make the signing official after that.

This season, Butler was averaging 11 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 34 games. But of late, he's been particularly hot, combining for 38 points and 17 rebounds in his past two games.

On Feb. 18 against Orlando, Butler went 7-of-13 from three. For his career, he's only a 34 percent 3-point shooter, but he's been better the past four seasons.

In 2010-11 with Dallas, Butler shot a career-best 43 percent from three. This season, he's making them at a 36 percent clip.

The Thunder will be Butler's seventh team in his 12 NBA seasons. He was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002, traded to the Lakers in the Shaquille O'Neal deal in 2004 and eventually played with the Wizards, Mavericks, Clippers and, most recently, Bucks.

Butler's arrival could mean a shake-up at the back end of the rotation. If Scott Brooks gives Butler minutes, it likely means fewer for Jeremy Lamb, who has been solid in his second year but struggled of late.

The Thunder has not officially commented on the report of Butler's signing.

See this story on sports.yahoo.com
by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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