Caron Butler, who suffered a season-ending injury in December and watched the Dallas Mavericks win a championship without him, has signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a report by David Aldridge of TNT and NBA.com. Butler chose the Clippers over teams like the San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls, who had less money to offer, but could have brought him closer to a championship.
Butler was having a pretty good season for the Mavericks last year before suffering a knee injury after just 29 games. The Mavericks plugged Shawn Marion into his starting spot and were able to win the NBA Finals. Overall, the 31-year old Butler averaged 15 points a game while shooting a career-high 43.1 percent from three-point range last year.
The Clippers are hoping Butler can solidify the small forward slot and provide experience and toughness to help guide their young roster. He will likely replace Ryan Gomes in the starting lineup.