James Caron Butler ( born March 13, 1980 in Racine, Wisconsin ) is an American professional basketball player who played in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks. He is 201 cm tall, 103 kg and plays on the position of small forward.
Butler grew up in Racine, where he had a rough childhood; until the age of 15, he was arrested 15 times. In the 2002 NBA Draft, he was selected as a tenth of the Miami Heat. In the first season of the Heat, he scored on average 15 points and 5 rebounds per game and was for this performance in the NBA All - Rookie First Team appointed. Due to a temporary injury, he played in the second season only 68 games, so he only managed 9 points and 4 rebounds on average. He was traded along with Lamar Odom and Brian Grant against Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers end of 2004. In 2005, he was exchanged with Chucky Atkins v. Kwame Brown and Laron Profit of the Washington Wizards, where he signed a five-year contract in the amount of 46 million U.S. dollars. 2007 Butler played his best season as a professional player, with an average of 19.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Off the pitch he is known for his habit of chewing on straws. As he proved at NBA TV, he can recognize different straws, without taking a look.
Today he lives in Centreville (Virginia) with his wife Andrea and his daughter bn He has another daughter named Camary and a son, Caron Jr., who both live in Racine.
On February 13, 2010, he was traded along with Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson for Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton and Quinton Ross to the Dallas Mavericks. On January 4, it was announced that Butler had to undergo because of a Patellarsehnenruptur surgery. He worked hard on his rehabilitation, but could no longer be used in the playoffs eventually. Nevertheless Mavericks won the 2011 NBA championship. After the season, he finally moved to the Los Angeles Clippers. There he established himself in the starting five and went with the Clippers into the play offs. In the first game of the series against the Memphis Grizzlies in April 2012, Butler broke his left hand. Nevertheless, he played despite the injury in the following games as a starter.
In the summer of 2013 Butler was first transferred from the Clippers to the Phoenix Suns. In return, JJ Redick Guard moved to Los Angeles. The Suns were trading Butler, however, immediately forward it and gave it off to the Milwaukee Bucks. For the Bucks Butler ran on until the end of February 2014. Back in February, it was clear that the Bucks have no chance on the play offs. The management then agreed with Butler on the termination of his contract to work with young players to accelerate the rebuilding of the squad on.
Since March 1, 2014 will be available at Oklahoma City Thunder under contract.