Caron Butler seems irritated with Brandon Jennings showboating at end of game (Video)

Caron-Butler-Brandon-JenningsBrandon Jennings faced his former team, the Milwaukee Bucks, for the first time on Monday night as a member of the Detroit Pistons. He played well, registering a double-double that included 15 points and 13 assists. The Pistons won by a final score of 113-94, and Jennings happened to be the player with the ball who got to dribble out the clock at the end of the game.

Caron Butler did not appreciate the way Jennings went about it. Jennings dribbled the ball between his legs and around his back as the crowd cheered, and Butler briskly walked over to him and appeared to say something. He also kept staring at Jennings as the teams left the floor.

Jennings may not have been trying to show up the Bucks, but we wouldn’t be surprised if he was. This is the same guy who called out his former coach and was vocal about being benched. He wasn’t exactly happy in Milwaukee. That’s why I’m sure Jennings was happy to get the best of the Bucks for one night.

Video via Pro Basketball Talk

Eric Bledsoe, Caron Butler traded to Phoenix Suns; Clippers get JJ Redick

JJ Redick BucksThe Los Angeles Clippers were dangling backup point guard Eric Bledsoe in trade talks over the past month, and they finally have dealt him.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Bledsoe and Caron Butler are headed to the Phoenix Suns as part of a three-team trade involving the Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks. The Clippers are sending Bledsoe and Butler to Phoenix and will receive Redick from the Bucks, and Jared Dudley from Phoenix. Milwaukee is getting a pair of second-round picks in return for trading Redick, per Wojnarowski.

Redick will head to the Clippers in a sign-and-trade deal, per Woj. He will get a four-year deal worth $27 million.

Though the Clippers may have been reluctant to trade an athletic, talented point guard like Bledsoe, they are getting two valuable pieces in return. Redick’s specialty is outside shooting, and he has also improved his defense since being drafted in 2006. He is a player who understands his role and does not demand the ball unlike many other shooting guards, which should make him a good fit for the Clippers, who already have a few top players like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Like Redick, Dudley is also a top outside shooter. Dudley is a career 47.3 percent shooter from the field and 40.5 percent from 3-point range.

With the addition of Dudley and Redick, it’s clear that the Clippers are trying to improve their outside shooting.

Redick was an unrestricted free agent, so the Bucks didn’t do poorly by getting a few draft picks in return for him. The Suns are getting an exciting guard in return for Dudley, and they get a solid player with an expiring, inexpensive $8 million contract in Butler. The deal should work well for all three teams.

Caron Butler tricks Jonas Valanciunas with fake high five (Video)

Caron Butler Jonas ValanciunasCaron Butler was clearly frustrated at the end of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 98-73 blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors Friday, so he decided to get in the metaphorical last word.

Butler walked up to Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas who was just going to hold onto the ball until time ran out. Butler pretended to give Valanciunas a high five, but he pried away the ball for a steal and raced ahead for a layup.

I know what you’re thinking — Butler probably had the over for the game and was trying to push the total over 171. Just kidding. Butler is just a competitive guy who doesn’t like to lose, so that was probably his way of working out some frustration.

H/T The Point Forward

Caron Butler nails referee in the head with a blocked shot (Video)

Caron-Butler-nails-refCaron Butler blocked a shot from Serge Ibaka on Tuesday night during the Los Angeles Clippers’ loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Ibaka was not nearly as embarrassed after the play was over as the official who was standing nearby. As you can see, the block sailed out of bounds and drilled one of the refs right in the dome, knocking him to the ground.

The official laughed it off and was fine, but I have to ask — what was he watching? Considering he was a few feet from the play, you would have to assume he was watching to see if there was a foul when Ibaka put up his shot. However, it seems obvious that he didn’t even see the ball coming. Maybe I just don’t understand NBA officiating and he was responsible for watching another part of the play.

In any event, this is a clip that is likely going to haunt the official for the remainder of his life.

Caron Butler Hits Shot from Behind the Basket (Video)

When it came to the Clippers, most of the excitement during the abbreviated NBA offseason centered around the acquisition of Chris Paul.  Paul is expected to turn Los Angeles into Lob City, so the buzz is completely warranted.  However, it has also caused the Caron Butler signing to fly under the radar.  Like his extremely acrobatic new teammates, Butler is also very capable of creating big plays.  Take, for example, the rainbow shot he made from behind the basket against the Warriors on Christmas Day.

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