Bucks swingman Caron Butler is expected to sign with the Miami Heat after he negotiates a buyout with Milwaukee, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
The 33-year-old two-time All-Star, who won an NBA Championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, is expected to finalize the buyout with the Bucks on Wednesday, and then will likely verbally commit to the Heat before clearing waivers. He will become an unrestricted free agent on Friday and can sign with Miami for a veterans minimum contract.
Butler is currently earning $8 million this season and could be with the Heat as early as this weekend, the team with which he spent two years after being selected No. 10 overall by Miami in the 2002 draft.
In 34 appearances this season for the Bucks, Butler has averaged 11 points on 38 percent shooting and 4.6 rebounds in 24 minutes per game for head coach Larry Drew. Butler has struggled to find consistency this season in Drew's ever-changing rotations and starting lineups, however, and he will likely be buried on the bench as a backup behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade heading into the playoffs.
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