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Grade the deal: Caron Butler offers Kings a rare outside threat

Free-agent forward Caron Butler has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.

Free-agent forward Caron Butler has agreed to a two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, reports Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

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. 

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On Thursday, Sacramento traded guard Ray McCallum to the San Antonio Spurs for a second-round draft pick.

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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