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Caron Butler to visit Clippers on Monday

December 4, 2011 |  6:36 pm


Free-agent forward Caron Butler will visit the Clippers’ training facility Monday to discuss his possible future with the team, his agent Raymond Brothers said Sunday night.

Butler averaged 15 points last season with the Dallas Mavericks. But he played in only 29 games after having surgery in January to repair a ruptured right patella tendon.

The NBA informed team executives over the weekend that they would be allowed to have direct contact with free agents starting at 7 a.m. Pacific time Monday. The free-agency period begins Friday, which is the first day teams can sign players or make trades, provided the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified.

The Clippers are in need of a veteran small forward, and the feeling in the organization is that Butler, a nine-year veteran, can fill that void.

Butler also has drawn interest from the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs.

Tayshaun Prince, a free-agent small forward who played for the Detroit Pistons last season, also remains interested in the Clippers, his agent Billy Duffy said.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Mavericks forward Caron Butler (4) applies defensive pressure against Blazers guard Patty Mills during a game last December. Credit: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images