The Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder have emerged as frontrunners to sign Caron Butler after he secured his contract buyout with the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, Adrian Wojranowski of Yahoo Sports reports.
33-year-old Butler, a 12-year veteran out of the University of Connecticut, only joined his home-town Bucks this summer but has been powerless to prevent their rapid slide to the basement of the Western Conference.
The small forward, who earned All-Star call-ups in both 2007 and 2008 and is averaging 15.4 points during his time in the NBA, is approaching the twilight of his career and you have to assume he is attempting to maximise his chances of earning a coveted championship ring before retirement.
Whereas the Heat - the two-time champions who are gunning for a fourth-straight trip to the Finals - were previously thought to be in the driving seat for Butler upon the completion of his expected buyout, 'Woj' - citing sources - claims that the Thunder have a strong chance of securing his signature with the dynamic duo of perennial MVP candidate Kevin Durant and point guard Russell Westbrook proving an enticing prospect.
The San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls are also said to be interested in Butler, who certainly does not look like he has any shortage of options moving forward.
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