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07:31 AM ET 02.26 | In the event Caron Butler becomes available, a contender may be interested. [Butler] is scheduled to complete a contract buyout Wednesday that sets him up to become an unrestricted free agent by the end of the week, according to sources close to the talks. Sources told ESPN.com that Wisconsin native Butler, who is earning $8 million this season on an expiring contract with his home-state Bucks, is on course to be released by Milwaukee on Wednesday and thus clear waivers Friday, well in advance of the Saturday midnight deadline by which time he must be set free to be eligible to play in the playoffs with another team. The two-time defending champion Miami Heat, sources said, will be at the front of the line to sign Butler, who spent his first two seasons in the league with the Heat.

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February 26, 2014  08:18 AM ET

At Least The Weather Is Better, Bro.

February 26, 2014  08:29 AM ET

the rich get richer.....
salary cap? what salary cap?
they are only 20 mil over the cap......of course they should be allowed to sign more players and get more help.....
{s}

February 26, 2014  08:37 AM ET

Butler would be fine but will only get 5-15 minutes per game. Battier and Lebron already takes most of the minutes.

February 26, 2014  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Butler would be fine but will only get 5-15 minutes per game. Battier and Lebron already takes most of the minutes.

I think they actually could use more of a guard in case wade can't go

February 26, 2014  09:17 AM ET

Jimmer.......are you listening......you could shoot all the open 3's you wanted here...

February 26, 2014  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think they actually could use more of a guard in case wade can't go

Yup

February 26, 2014  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

the rich get richer.....salary cap? what salary cap?they are only 20 mil over the cap......of course they should be allowed to sign more players and get more help.....{s}

They are only doing it because the most respected experts (e.g., you) are opining that the Pacers might be stronger than the Heat.

February 26, 2014  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

the rich get richer.....salary cap? what salary cap?they are only 20 mil over the cap......of course they should be allowed to sign more players and get more help.....{s}

Jgb,

See this is where another team should sign him if they need him or stop Miami from getting him. Knicks should put in a waiver claim for him

February 26, 2014  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

the rich get richer.....salary cap? what salary cap?they are only 20 mil over the cap......of course they should be allowed to sign more players and get more help.....{s}

glad you are finally on board with this........

February 26, 2014  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

glad you are finally on board with this........

lol

February 26, 2014  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Jgb, See this is where another team should sign him if they need him or stop Miami from getting him. Knicks should put in a waiver claim for him

there are only like 5 teams in the league NOT tanking.....lol

February 26, 2014  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

glad you are finally on board with this........

I am not for a hard cap
but since there is a cap- there should be some actual restrictions
when you are over the cap during the season

February 26, 2014  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I am not for a hard capbut since there is a cap- there should be some actual restrictionswhen you are over the cap during the season

Hmmmm, you didn't like my lose a pick if you sign someone when already over the cap.....

How about this, your team is over the cap you sign a player for $1 million.....you then owe all the other 29 teams $1 millioin dollars as your penalty.....so a $1 Million dollar player would essentially cost $30 million if you are already over the cap.......

February 26, 2014  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Hmmmm, you didn't like my lose a pick if you sign someone when already over the cap..... How about this, your team is over the cap you sign a player for $1 million.....you then owe all the other 29 teams $1 millioin dollars as your penalty.....so a $1 Million dollar player would essentially cost $30 million if you are already over the cap.......

lol.....wow

or

how about if you are over the cap-
you aren't allowed to sign anyone after the trade deadline?
or
if you sign someone after the trade deadline- they are ineligible for the playoffs

February 26, 2014  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

lol.....wowor how about if you are over the cap-you aren't allowed to sign anyone after the trade deadline? orif you sign someone after the trade deadline- they are ineligible for the playoffs

when is the last day a player signed is eligible to be in playoffs? Is there a deadline in the NBA?

February 26, 2014  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

when is the last day a player signed is eligible to be in playoffs? Is there a deadline in the NBA?

March 1

February 26, 2014  11:06 AM ET
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there are only like 5 teams in the league NOT tanking.....lol

I don't think it is hurting the competition or the league though. The players that are being bought out usually clears waivers. The teams that are letting players go are doing it to lower salaries and develop other players and sometimes make out better. Do the rich get richer? Probably so but it only because the poorer are trying to get poorer or develop their talent or couldn't move a player. At the end of the year there are only a handful of teams that are true contenders and they all should be making moves to better their roster.

February 26, 2014  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

lol.....wowor how about if you are over the cap-you aren't allowed to sign anyone after the trade deadline? orif you sign someone after the trade deadline- they are ineligible for the playoffs

Wait are talking cap or luxury tax level? What if players get injured and you are still over cap or tax?

February 26, 2014  11:14 AM ET
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I don't think it is hurting the competition or the league though. The players that are being bought out usually clears waivers. The teams that are letting players go are doing it to lower salaries and develop other players and sometimes make out better. Do the rich get richer? Probably so but it only because the poorer are trying to get poorer or develop their talent or couldn't move a player. At the end of the year there are only a handful of teams that are true contenders and they all should be making moves to better their roster.

I wouldn't care if the team wasn't over the cap.....

point is if there is a cap-
teams should be forced to abide by it and not have so many ways of getting around it

or how about if you are in the lux tax penalty you shouldn't be allowed to pick up players?

it is a business- teams will do what they think is best for them-
waiving, trading, etc
It just truly doesn't seem fair to me that a team who is so far over the cap, can sign players

 
February 26, 2014  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

the rich get richer.....salary cap? what salary cap?they are only 20 mil over the cap......of course they should be allowed to sign more players and get more help.....{s}

That's what happens when they sign a bunch of Championship caliber players and then proceed to sign other players off their influence who have achieved at least 3 'bird years'-basically they can sign anybody with three or more bird years even if it means going over the cap.
I'm more suprised Miami is the first team to do it so effectively.

The only way Butler would've been a good fit is with Jennings and Ellis returning to the Bucks but they didn't have faith in their coaching staff to develop Jennings and utilize Ellis. Which left Butler as their offensive anchor-wow.
And they have 9 wins?! He should have at least a 8.9 WAR.

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