After a week of it looking like the Miami Heat were going to swoop in and scoop up Caron Butler, it appears that they may lose out on their target. According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports, the Oklahoma City Thunder are continuing to emerge as strong frontrunners to land Butler when he’s officially bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks.
As Caron Butler gets closer to finalizing a decision, Oklahoma City continues to be a strong consideration, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 28, 2014
The Heat looked like the main team interested in Butler and they even looked to back off their pursuit of Danny Granger to focus on Butler. With Granger signing in Los Angeles to play with the Clippers, the Heat losing out on Butler could be a bigger blow than we think.
For the Thunder, adding wing talent will be key in the postseason, but they won’t fall apart without Butler. Still, any help they can get will go a long way and Butler is clearly a guy that Oklahoma City believe increases their chances of winning a title.