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Clipper update: Rasual Butler returning

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Within the last week, the Clippers have brought back Craig Smith, brought in seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady for a physical and workout session and opted to re-sign swingman Rasual Butler, who was a free agent.

The last of the three moves came on Saturday afternoon, and more or less closes Project Tracy, which had been a remote prospect anyway. McGrady is scheduled to work out for the Bulls on Monday, and on his Twitter account listed the Clippers, Bulls, Lakers and Heat as possibilities.

Butler’s deal with the Clippers is for one season and comes as something of a surprise.

He averaged 11.9 points last season and often struggled to find a sustained measure of consistency.

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The Heat and the Mavericks had reportedly been interested in Butler, who indicated in a series of stream-of-conscious tweets on his own Twitter feed as recently as Friday that the Clippers were still very much in the mix.

--Lisa Dillman


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