Sunday, January 15th, 2012 at 5:10 pm  |  9 responses

Caron Butler Was ‘Very Close’ to Signing With Heat

After dropping 20 in the Clippers’ OT win over the Heat, Caron Butler told the Miami Sun Sentinel that he nearly signed with Miami, a city he considers home: “Caron Butler was on the way back. Perhaps not to stay, but his ticket to South Florida was booked. The early-December meeting, reunion if you will, was set with Pat Riley. And then the Los Angeles Clippers said take-it-or-leave-it, not for as much as the New Jersey Nets bid in free agency, but for more than the San Antonio Spurs offered. Butler felt he couldn’t wait, even if it meant putting a friend on hold. ‘I was very close to coming back,’ Butler, the Heat’s first-round pick in 2002 NBA Draft, said Wednesday, when the Heat faced the Clippers at Staples Center. ‘It was very close. I talked to my agent and I went to visit San Antonio and after I went to visit New Jersey, my next visit would have been Miami.’ That’s when the Clippers not only sprung their three-year, $24 million offer, but said they needed an immediate decision from the veteran small forward, as if they knew the sway Riley and Dwyane Wade might hold. ‘The Clippers had put an offer on the table that I couldn’t refuse,’ Butler said on the night his 20 points went a long way toward defeating the Heat in overtime.”

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  • Shifty

    He is doing good in clipper land

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Heat almost got Butler, Odom almost retired, and the Knicks wanted Josh Howard. None of it happened. Why is this stuff being reported?

  • Do Work

    don’t forget about when bill walton “should’ve” punched rasheed in the face lol

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    LeBron almost stayed with the Cavs. Jordan almost missed that last shot. Wilt almost only scored 98. Kobe almost wasn’t traded to the Lakers. Dirk almost didn’t win a ring. Without Naismith, basketball almost wasn’t a sport. (My long way of saying these articles are boring)

  • David

    and yet, here we are, reading these articles. i found it interesting. kind of curious as to how he would’ve done on the spurs

  • Zabbah

    Caron Butler’s an improved version of Richard Jefferson, to me. Does the same thing but only better.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    I don’t see how he wouldve got enough minutes on the heat. Spurs wouldve been interesting. He’s a better scorer than rj, but rj is a lil more athletic. More talent is always a good thing. Kahwi is a very solid player tho, I like him. Worth trading away hill

  • Justin G.

    Caboose, Jordan didn’t almost miss that shot. It was a swish. lol

  • Ldub

    Enough Offense already with Wade, James and Bosh. Would have been great off the bench, but he made his choice. Ive been a semi-fan of CB. One of the dudes I didnt wanna see go from LA, but he is a solid all around player. And obviously he is doing great in LA!