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2011 Free Agency: Caron Butler signs with Clippers

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One of the reportedly more prioritized targets of the Bulls, Caron Butler, is off the table. Signed a 3yr, $24m contract with the Clippers, per David Aldridge. You'll note it's a figure that's bigger than the MLE, so the Bulls were literally outbid on this, not out-recruited. If that makes you feel better.

Lots of other signings going on today, on the eve of when signings can be official. I said I wouldn't freak until the likes of Butler or Richardson were gone, because those are the high-end UFAs: good enough to matter, and attainable as a straight signing without giving up assets. So one of those down is a pretty big hit to the Bulls plans.

Elsewhere:

  • Somewhat interesting (not really) option Shannon Brown to the Suns
  • Hilariously, the Pistons re-signed Tayshaun Prince
  • More hilariously, Eddy Curry to the Heat
  • And general twitter rumormongering stuff with Tyson Chandler and the Knicks, Chris Paul and the Lakers.