Despite being one of the best on-court products in the league, the Los Angeles Clippers front office (especially owner Donald Sterling) has a black eye around the league. It’s for good reason as the Clippers’ front office is continually frowned upon by their peers given their past antics, much of which come from Sterling who is continually seen as one of the worst owners in professional sports.
So I guess it shouldn’t come as much of a shock that former Clipper, Caron Butler, who was traded earlier this offseason found out about his trade while watching television, suggesting he never even received as much as a phone call from the organization.
It’s hardly the role the 6-foot-7 small forward envisioned prior to July 10. Butler was at his offseason home in Washington D.C. with his wife and three young daughters when he received a phone call from his agent. He had been traded. Only a couple of weeks earlier Butler was ecstatic at the news that the Clippers had pulled off the deal to nab Celtics coach Doc Rivers, a move that would cinch Chris Paul‘s return and fire up championship hype. Then came the unsuspecting call from his agent that he and Bledsoe were headed to the 25-win Suns.
Butler soon saw the news on the crawl on TV. No one from the Clippers’ front office has called him, Butler said.
“I don’t leave with bitterness or anything, but a phone call would have helped the situation,” said Butler, who two summers ago signed a three-year, $24 million free-agent deal to play for the Clippers before the club’s fortuitous, franchise-changing trade for CP3. “But it’s cool, it’s no hard feelings because that’s the nature of the business.