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Caron Butler: Joining Clippers was a 'no-brainer' [Video]

December 13, 2011 |  4:56 pm

Caron Butler won the NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks last season while averaging 15 points and 4.1 rebounds a game, yet he said leaving that team and coming to the Clippers was a no-brainer.

Butler, a free agent, agreed to a three-year, $24-million contract with the Clippers on Thursday.

Here are some highlights from his interview at the team's media day Tuesday.

On what the Clippers' Mo Williams said to him while he was visiting the San Antonio Spurs: "Sign the contract" with the Clippers.

On the Clippers' strengths: "The strengths is we got a great young nucleus, obviously we have Blake Griffin, one of the best in the game right now at his position, and we're building around him, and we look forward to winning a lot of games."

On the fact that he signed with the team when there were still a lot of variables, including whether DeAndre Jordan would return: "We knew DeAndre would be back. He's an important asset to this team. He was one of the reasons why I definitely came back. With him and Blake patrolling and controlling the paint, along with Chris Kaman, special group.

On how the Clippers are handling the Chris Paul trade drama: "Business as usual. I've been a part and subject of trade before, trade rumors. It's business. You've got to  continue to move forward, you've   got to continue to be professional about it, get your work in. I love the attitude -- these younger guys that's being involved in the trade talk, but they're still being professionals about it. That's all you can ask.

On why he decided to come to L.A.: "The youth. the talent, and obviously Blake Griffin.... It's a no-brainer. I just look forward to making some beautiful music with him."

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-- Melissa Rohlin

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