Grade the deal: Caron Butler offers Kings a rare outside threat
Butler spent the 2014–15 season with the Detroit Pistons and averaged a career low 5.9 points on 40.7% shooting. He also added 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 78 games.
The Kings will be Butler's ninth team over his 13-year career. He has also played for the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and Oklahoma City Thunder.
The 35-year-old Butler has career averages of 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
The Kings finished 29–53 last season, coming in 13th in the Western Conference.
Analysis: Distressing as it might sound, Butler may be one of the better long-range shooting options on Sacramento’s roster. Most conventionally constructed Kings lineups will lack for beyond-the-arc balance; it’s hard enough to find room to operate with DeMarcus Cousins working alongside another traditional big and especially so when the starting point guard is a non-threat at any range. Butler addresses that specific deficit as a catch-and-shoot option in a way that makes his signing at the minimum (and use of a roster spot) fairly defensible, if unspectacular. At worst, it’s nice to have another adult in what looks to be a challenging locker room. — Rob Mahoney
- Molly Geary