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Heat players prefer Caron Butler over Danny Granger

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09:26 AM ET 02.23 | Danny Granger, 30, acquired by Philadelphia, reportedly wants a buyout so he can sign with the Heat or a Western Conference contender, and Caron Butler, 33, also will welcome Heat overtures if he gets a buyout from Milwaukee, as many expect. (It's too early to tell if Granger will get the buyout.) So who would be better for Miami? Heat players would clearly prefer Butler; he and Dwyane Wade are close from their days as Heat teammates, and Granger irritated the Heat's stars by getting in their faces after fouls in the 2012 playoffs. At the time, LeBron James called Granger's conduct "stupid."

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February 23, 2014  09:37 AM ET

Not 2nd, not 3rd, not 4th, not 5th .......

February 23, 2014  09:46 AM ET

This is wrong IMO. Player gets traded, has contract bought and he can sign with a contender.
Who is this rule helping?

February 23, 2014  10:00 AM ET

Caron is staying in Milwaukee.

February 23, 2014  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This is wrong IMO. Player gets traded, has contract bought and he can sign with a contender. Who is this rule helping?

I think it's fair. The team (in this case Indiana) looked out for its best interest and traded him to improve; why shouldn't the player be able to look out for his own best interest? Why should he have to stay on a team that is terrible, doesn't really want him/have him in their long term plans and isn't trying to win?

February 23, 2014  10:55 AM ET

I think this is an erroneous report. I believe the Heat would welcome Granger if he is healthy. He fills a need for them.

February 23, 2014  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I think this is an erroneous report. I believe the Heat would welcome Granger if he is healthy. He fills a need for them.

what need is that?
they have plenty of forwards.

February 23, 2014  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This is wrong IMO. Player gets traded, has contract bought and he can sign with a contender. Who is this rule helping?

I am tired of all these guys signing for big $$$ then just going through the motions when they can't help their own team win.
There should be a rule that if you are bought out
you either have to wait say 2-3 months until you are eligible to play
or that if you aren't bought out in the off-season....
that you are ineligible for the playoffs if bought out midseason

It kind of is pathetic that teams that are WELL over the cap can simply sign good players who were just overpaid for nothing

February 23, 2014  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This is wrong IMO. Player gets traded, has contract bought and he can sign with a contender. Who is this rule helping?

This is just a symptom of the actual problem which are guaranteed contracts. Until the league stops allowing the inmates to run the asylum this and other 'head shakers' will continue.

February 23, 2014  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I am tired of all these guys signing for big $$$ then just going through the motions when they can't help their own team win.There should be a rule that if you are bought out you either have to wait say 2-3 months until you are eligible to playor that if you aren't bought out in the off-season....that you are ineligible for the playoffs if bought out midseasonIt kind of is pathetic that teams that are WELL over the cap can simply sign good players who were just overpaid for nothing

It's almost like players have figured out how to tank on a personal level and get rewarded with a buy out.

February 23, 2014  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

This is just a symptom of the actual problem which are guaranteed contracts. Until the league stops allowing the inmates to run the asylum this and other 'head shakers' will continue.

Yup. Guaranteed contracts stink.

February 23, 2014  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

what need is that?they have plenty of forwards.

A guy who can play the 3 or 4 who can shoot and play some d. Battier has had a down year, Beasley and Lewis haven't been the answer and they haven't filled the Mike Miller void. Granger - if he finds his shot again - could be big for them in the playoffs.

February 23, 2014  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I am tired of all these guys signing for big $$$ then just going through the motions when they can't help their own team win.There should be a rule that if you are bought out you either have to wait say 2-3 months until you are eligible to playor that if you aren't bought out in the off-season....that you are ineligible for the playoffs if bought out midseasonIt kind of is pathetic that teams that are WELL over the cap can simply sign good players who were just overpaid for nothing

But that's not the case with Granger. He got hurt, worked to come back, but the Pacers have outgrown him/don't need him anymore. They thought he could still fit but he can't. Why should he be exiled to Philly because of that? Why should he not be able to have the opportunity to play for another team that actually is trying to win?

February 23, 2014  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It's almost like players have figured out how to tank on a personal level and get rewarded with a buy out.

I don't think Granger should not show up to work in Philly or be unprofessional. The reality is this move was made by Philly so they can get worse. Granger isn't in their long term plans. He should be able to go play for an organization that can use him right now.

February 23, 2014  11:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

This is just a symptom of the actual problem which are guaranteed contracts. Until the league stops allowing the inmates to run the asylum this and other 'head shakers' will continue.

Guaranteed contracts aren't the inmates running the asylum and they aren't the problem. The biggest problem is the people running these organizations mismanagement and bad decision making. IMO the NBA already does too much to save owners and GMs from themselves. Make better personnel decisions and there won't be so much "head shaking".

February 23, 2014  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I don't think Granger should not show up to work in Philly or be unprofessional. The reality is this move was made by Philly so they can get worse. Granger isn't in their long term plans. He should be able to go play for an organization that can use him right now.

Yeah not all guys do it on purpose. Some guys just don't fit the plans of an org any more.

February 23, 2014  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

This is just a symptom of the actual problem which are guaranteed contracts. Until the league stops allowing the inmates to run the asylum this and other 'head shakers' will continue.

I don't know if that is the real problem.
the issue is that there are alot of idiots employed by NBA front offices

if you have the 'right' player- you should pay them
if you have a guy that really doesn't want to be there- don't pay them

February 23, 2014  12:01 PM ET

Simple rule no signing of new players that had contracts prior to trading deadline.

February 23, 2014  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It's almost like players have figured out how to tank on a personal level and get rewarded with a buy out.

I do agree- but it really is the GMs problem
they don't 'have' to give these guys big contracts

granted sometimes a guy gets hurt and can't fulfil the contract.
but I think they should allow teams to amnesty 1 player every 2-3 years
this way teams have a way out

February 23, 2014  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

the issue is that there are alot of idiots employed by NBA front offices

^ this ^

 
February 23, 2014  12:03 PM ET

The NBA is run by the players.

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