Caron Butler Could Be This Season's Birdman For the Heat

It's that time of year again. The time of year where the Miami Heat pick up a player for next to nothing, insert said discounted player in the perfect role, and a few months later ask that player what ring size he prefers. It's a Miami Heat summer tradition, like barbecue, burgers, hot dogs, and ice tea.

The crop of players that shakes loose this time of year always resembles the clearance aisle of your local Big Lots. It's like, "Hey, Colgate, I know that name!" Then you look at the expiration date, and it's TOMORROW. You expect the names that pop up in March to be very scratch-and-dent, floor-model type stuff, but some are more attractive than others.

Some of the players that are available as of this writing, like ex-Pacer Danny Granger and ex-everyone Metta World Peace, just don't seem to be a good fit, for various reasons. It's well known that any player joining the Heat has to be OK with owning an assortment of Men's Warehouse suits, because he most likely won't see the floor too much.

Last year, the Heat picked up Chris "Birdman" Andersen, and that worked out swimingly, but is there a Birdman-like impact player out there this season? Probably not. But there is one familiar face with something left in the tank that Heat fans and players alike adore.


The Milwaukee Bucks have just completed a buyout agreement with ex-Miami Heat small forward Caron Butler that now makes him instantly available to return to Miami. Butler played two seasons with the Heat, before being traded to the L.A. Lakers as part of the Shaquille O'Neal deal. In any other deal, Heat fans would have raised a real stink seeing a young Butler leave town, but, hey, it brought a still-in-his-prime Shaq, so shit happens.

Heat fans have mad more-than-a-friend love for Caron, mostly because some fond memories remain from Dwayne Wade's rookie season where the combo of Wade-Butler-Lamar Odom made some noise in the playoffs. Those teams, at the time, were the most fun teams the Heat had ever had.

So you can understand why Heat fans took to Twitter to express their excitement with a potential Caron Butler-to-Miami reunion.

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