Caron Butler was recently traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Phoenix Suns, but he will not put on a Suns uniform next season — he is on the move again. According to Arizona Republic, the veteran forward has been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Suns have agreed to trade Butler, a Racine, Wis., native, to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Ish Smith and center Slava Kravtsov about seven weeks after they acquired Butler and hailed him as a veteran influence for the youthful Suns and part of the future. The Suns gain $5.65 million of cap space for any potential in-season trades but also save that money to make an expected costly waiver of Michael Beasley more palatable. Beasley would be owed $9 million of guaranteed salary.
Butler was more of a throw-in than anything else when he was initially traded to the Suns, as the main piece of that trade was Eric Bledsoe. Clearly Butler wasn’t in the Suns’ plans and will be playing for the Bucks instead. With Carlos Delfino still recovering from injuries and potentially ruled out for the beginning of the season, Butler will likely slide in at the starting small forward position.