San Antonio Spurs: Caron Butler A Cheap Option

By George Middleton

I will begin this article by stating that Caron Butler isn’t the same player that he was from 2006-09. In that three-year stretch Butler was a two-time all-star and he averaged more than 19 points in each season. The

Apr 4, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Caron Butler (31) celebrates after making a three point shot during the third quarter against the Miami Heat at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons beat the Heat 99-98. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

35-year old is out of his prime, but he is still an intriguing option for a contender like the Spurs. There are reports that teams like the Clippers, Spurs, and Bulls can make a run at him.

Butler can boost a bench with his toughness and his versatility. Like Danny Green, Butler can play either wing spot on both ends of the floor. He also knows a thing or two about winning (2011 champ with Dallas Mavericks).

Last season Butler was far from spectacular as he averaged 5.9 points in 21 minutes for the Detroit Pistons. While it has been a few years since Butler was sharp, he is still capable of being productive off the bench on a good team. He can come in for about 15 minutes and hit open shots and get stops in defense.

The main reason the Spurs should target Butler is financially it makes sense. The Spurs can sign Butler for one season and pay him around $2-3 million. There is a good shot that Butler takes that deal, as he will be called upon to not do too much.

With Danny Green, Marco Belinelli, and Cory Joseph as free-agents, the Spurs can sign Butler over one of them and save some money.

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