(PHOENIX) — The Phoenix Suns dealt small forward Caron Butler to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday for point guard Ish Smith and center Viacheslav Kravstov.
The trade ends Butler’s short tenure in Phoenix. The Suns acquired him and point guard Eric Bledsoe from the Los Angeles Clippers on July 10 in a three-team deal that included Milwaukee.
“We’re very excited to welcome Caron back home,” said Bucks general manager John Hammond. “He is an accomplished veteran player who started 78 games last season for a 56-win team in Los Angeles. Caron gives us depth at the small forward position and will be a mentor for our younger players.”
In 78 games with L.A., Butler averaged 10.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in approximately 24 minutes of action. The two-time NBA All-Star inked a three-year contract with the Clippers in December of 2011 worth $24 million.
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