Caron Butler is not new to the challenges teams face during a transition period. When the small forward first joined the NBA in 2002 via the Miami Heat, before the Dwyane Wade era, the team was in the process of rebuilding itself.
Caron Butler stepped up his leadership even as a rookie by averaging 15.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in 78 games. He finished 8th in the league in steals with 1.8 per game.
He also joined the L.A. Lakers at a time when the team struggled with injuries, and yet started in all of his 77 games.
Caron Butler’s worth in his fourteen-year career in the NBA is of significance, and his experiences could be something the New York Knicks can take advantage of.
Nearing the twilight of his career, Butler has expressed his interest in joining the Knicks that consists of superstars Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony.
Derrick Rose described the Knicks as a super team with the addition of Brandon Jennings, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee. He reiterated his statement saying:
“Like I said, with that super team term, you have to be very careful, I guess, if you’re in the United States,” Rose said, as reported by NY Daily News.
“But I feel like if you’re in any team in the NBA — it don’t have to be the NBA, it could be the college level, high school level—you should believe in yourself and have the confidence in yourself that you’re playing on a super team anywhere. So I have a lot of confidence, and I’m not taking that back.”
It also means that with Carmelo Anthony starting at forward and with the talented Lance Thomas, Butler may have to fight for valuable playing time.
Caron Butler is a reliable scorer. He can give the Knicks shooting capability and overall depth, but is he worth the risk, especially after signing Derrick Rose with a $28 million cap hold, as reported by iSports Times? Should the team sacrifice a roster for him?
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