Caron Butler agrees to deal with Clippers
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The Clippers got their man, agreeing to a three-year, $24-million deal with free-agent forward Caron Butler on Thursday.
Butler’s agent, Raymond Brothers, confirmed his client will leave the Dallas Mavericks, the team he played for last season.
“He’s a Clipper now,” Brothers said in a phone interview. “I think he’s great fit for the Clippers on and off the court.”
Butler is the sort of small forward the Clippers were looking for to fill a void.
He averaged 15 points per game last season. But Butler played in just 29 games after having surgery in January to repair a ruptured tendon in his knee.
In his nine-year career, Butler, 31, has averaged 16.6 points and shot 44.1% from the field, including 31.9% from three-point range.
Butler spent two days with the Clippers this week at the team’s practice facility in Playa Vista.
Butler can’t actually sign the deal until Friday.
-- Broderick Turner