Apr 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers small forward Caron Butler (5) reaches for the ball against Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) during the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns trade Caron Butler to Milwaukee Bucks

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The Milwaukee Bucks continued their odd offseason today, acquiring small forward Caron Butler from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Ish Smith and Slava Kravstov.

Per the Arizona Republic:

Caron Butler donned a Suns uniform at a public unveiling of the new duds two weeks ago and that looks like it will be the only time he will be seen in it.

The Suns have agreed to trade Butler, a Racine, Wis., native, to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Ish Smith and center Slava Kravtsov about seven weeks after they acquired Butler and hailed him as a veteran influence for the youthful Suns and part of the future. The Suns gain $5.65 million of cap space for any potential in-season trades but also save that money to make an expected costly waiver of Michael Beasley more palatable. Beasley would be owed $9 million of guaranteed salary.

It’s been a rough offseason for the 33-year-old Butler who, as mentioned above, was just recently acquired by the Suns – learning of the trade from the Los Angeles Clippers on television.

Now just weeks later, he’s on the move again.

He is slated to be the starting small forward for Milwaukee while Smith and Kravstov will fight for minutes off the bench in nothing more than a salary dump move.

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