Clippers: Rasual Butler bought out; Baron Davis speaks
There was fairly immediate fallout from the finalization of the Baron Davis deal.
Sunday afternoon,the Clippers bought out little-used small forward Rasual Butler. Those familiar with the process said he should be waived by Monday morning, and there was speculation that he could end up with the Chicago Bulls.
Butler's name had apparently come up in talks between the Clippers and the Bulls leading up to last week's trade deadline.
Even with the many Clippers injuries, the three-point specialist has been the forgotten man this season, playing a total of five minutes in the eight games before the All-Star break. He was averaging five points per game and would have fallen to fourth on their depth chart at small forward now that Jamario Moon is in the mix. Moon and point guard Mo Williams came to the Clippers from Cleveland in the Davis trade.
Butler was making $2.4 million this season, having signed a one-year deal with the Clippers last summer. His exit was helped along by the departure of Davis, as they seemed to have a decent chemistry, in particular, last season.
Davis did not play in the Cavaliers' game against Philadelphia on Sunday, still bothered by a sore and swollen left knee. But he did meet with the Cleveland media, and one subject was Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was said to have heckled Davis this season from his courtside seats at Staples Center.
"You never expect the person who signed you to a contract to be the one who hates you the most," Davis told the Plain Dealer. "You have to deal with that too."
-- Lisa Dillman