When Caron Butler was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks this past offseason, he broke down in tears.
No – he didn’t cry for the reasons you’d think he would have cried. Butler actually wanted to play for the Bucks as they were the team he grew up rooting for and he was overcome with emotion that he finally got the opportunity.
How quickly a few months can change things.
Butler, who has been seeming somewhat limited action on the league’s worst team is not happy with his role according to the Journal Sentential.
“The information I received before coming here is that ‘You’re going to play a lot,’” Butler said. “And I want to play. I want to be out there to help the situation.
“If we’re developing on the fly, and I know Giannis (Antetokounmpo) has to play and guys have to play, but OK, there are a lot of ways those guys can play and we can still be out there developing those guys as well.
“Coach (Larry Drew) understands that and I’ve talked to him. He’s been more than helpful, and (general manager) John Hammond and everyone. I know it’s a process and we’ll get through it. We’re not even halfway through the season. Hopefully something turns for the better for the team and myself.”
Apparently, Butler felt he’d get a lot of run with the Bucks considering they weren’t going to be very good and their roster wasn’t very deep. But with Butler a free agent at season end and the Bucks having little need for his services given their rebuilding roster, there just isn’t a lot of reason for Milwaukee to play him very often.
It would not be shocking to see the Bucks attempt to trade Butler, who has a $8 million dollar expiring contract come February’s NBA trade deadline.