The San Antonio Spurs will use the amnesty clause on Richard Jefferson once the collective bargaining agreement is ratified, allowing the team to remove the three years and $30.5 million left on Jefferson’s contract from the team’s payroll for salary-cap and tax purposes.
The Spurs are aggressively looking for a small forward, with Caron Butler and Josh Howard high on their wish list.
Jefferson, 31, averaged 11 points and 3.8 rebounds last season.
Free agent small forward Caron Butler’s meeting with the the Los Angeles Clippers went so well Monday night, the two sides decided to talk again on Tuesday morning, according to Butler’s agent.
“Caron was really happy with the meeting,” Butler’s agent Raymond Brothers said.
“We were really impressed by (general manager) Neil Olshey and (coach) Vinny Del Negro. I think they’ve got a good young team that can win. Caron had a really good feeling about it.”
The Dallas Mavericks’ intentions are to sign unrestricted free agent Caron Butler to a long-term contract, agent Raymond Brothers said Wednesday.
During the playoffs and again after the Mavericks won the NBA championship, Brothers said Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson told him the club wants to re-sign the nine-year veteran.
“After the championship was over,” Brothers said, “Donnie texted me and told me he wanted Caron to be part of the team long term.”
Pistons guard Ben Gordon is one of four players who will continue to get paid if the NBA lockout stretches into the upcoming season.
All are clients of agent Raymond Brothers, who spread their 2010-11 NBA salaries over 18 or 24 months in case the lockout forces the cancellation of games.
The others are Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, Mavericks forward Caron Butler and Clippers forward Al-Farouq Aminu.
Caron Butler, who ruptured the patellar tendon in his right knee a little more than three months ago, is “extremely unlikely” to play for the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the NBA playoffs, coach Rick Carlisle said Wednesday.
Butler, who was averaging 15.0 points and 4.1 rebounds before he got hurt vs. Milwaukee on Jan. 1 and had surgery, will continue his aggressive rehabilitation work in an effort to be able to contribute during the postseason.
“I can’t give you a medical opinion,” Carlisle said. “My coaching opinion is, his jump shot looks great. He’s doing great and he’s way ahead of schedule. But timetable-wise, I don’t have one. He’s been able to step up his activity moderately, but he’s not running yet or anything like that.
The Mavericks are making last-ditch efforts to acquire Tayshaun Prince or J.R. Smith ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, according to sources.
However, Dallas is not overly optimistic about acquiring either player.
Prince and Smith have been high on the team’s wish list since Caron Butler went down with a serious knee injury.
On one hand, Caron Butler has insisted he can defy the odds. Team doctors insist that Caron Butler will not be ready to play full contact basketball again until training camp opens in the fall.
But the stubborn Butler believes he will be ready by the time the Dallas Mavericks start playing playoff games in April.
Butler knows that the Feb. 24 trading deadline is fast approaching, and he has heard his name mentioned in potential trades, especially because he has an expiring contract. But he wants to stay with the Mavs, mainly because he believes for the first time in his career he is a part of an organization that has a good locker room and a solid chance to win an NBA title.
If Caron Butler’s teammates can get this season back on track, the injured small forward has not given up on returning for a deep run in the playoffs.
“They say four months, four to five months,” Butler said. “That’s what I keep yelling. Give me four months and I’m good.”
He said he plans to be on the bench with his teammates Wednesday night when the Mavericks play the Los Angeles Lakers, and when he is cleared to begin traveling in early February, he plans on being with the team on every road trip to offer as much moral support as he can.
Might a former Dallas-area prep star wind up back in Big D? There will undoubtedly be a connection built between the Mavericks and abundantly available Anthony Randolph, who indications suggest will be traded by the Knicks within the next few days/weeks or before the trade deadline.
Do not go crazy with the idea that the former Woodrow Wilson High School phenom is headed back to Dallas. The Mavericks have a couple of players already — the highly thought of Ian Mahinmil, and Alexis Ajinca — who already are similar to the talented Randolph.
The Mavericks have some interest in Randolph, for sure. And he would be an intriguing piece to add in the absence of Caron Butler. But there are a lot of bridges to cross before that happens.
Caron Butler could miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury, a tough blow for the already-ailing Dallas Mavericks.
A person with direct knowledge of the initial diagnosis told ESPNDallas.com’s Tim MacMahon that the symptoms indicated Butler suffered at least a partial tear of the patellar tendon in his right knee.
If it is a partial tear, Butler could be out two months. However, if it’s a full tear, he would miss the rest of the season. The Mavericks won’t be certain about the extent of the injury until they get the results of an MRI that will be taken after Butler returns to Dallas on Sunday.