According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the San Antonio Spurs are one of several teams in pursuit of Oklahoma City Thunder free agent Caron Butler.
The prospect of heading for San Antonio should have more allure than ever now that they’re back on top again, and Butler would certainly fit well as the latest quality piece to add to the Spurs’ vaunted depth. There’s also the fact that the Spurs, unlike the Heat, have their roster intact with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard back again.”
According to Amick, a decision from Butler won’t come until the Miami Heat “big 3” of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade make their decisions in free agency, as Butler is thinking about joining the Heat as well.
Butler, 34, averaged 6.8 points and shot 36% from 3-point range in 18 playoff games with the Thunder last season. The Spurs’ connections to Butler date back to 2011, when the team had interest in him as a free agent. Then, last February, Butler was also connected again to the Spurs, before choosing the Thunder.
In the first two days of free agency, the Spurs have had interest in the following types of players:
Guards: Sebastian Telfair, Shaun Livingston (committed to Warriors), Troy Daniels, Bryce Cotton (reportedly will sign partially guaranteed 2-year deal with Spurs)
Small Forwards: Kent Bazemore (Spurs are rumored to meet with him next Tuesday), Butler
Big men: Rashard Lewis, Pau Gasol, Josh McRoberts
The Spurs’ expectation is to re-sign free agents Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. News came Monday evening that Mills could miss the next seven months with a shoulder injury. The new indication is Mills will re-sign with the Spurs, but at a much lower price tag than originally assumed.
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