Caron Butler is headed back to Los Angeles.
The 31-year-old small forward, who was sidelined during the Dallas Mavericks’ run to their first NBA title, has agreed in principal to a three-year, $24 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, as first reported by TNT’s David Aldridge.
Butler played just 29 games last season before undergoing surgery for a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee. He played for the Lakers during the 2004-05 season and was then traded to Washington where he played through Feb. 2010.
The Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and New Jersey Nets had also expressed interest in the two-time All-Star.
“He’s very excited to be with Blake (Griffin),” Butler’s agent, Raymond Brothers, told ESPN.com. “And very excited to be with a young upcoming team he believes he can help win a championship.”
The 10th overall pick in the 2002 draft by the Heat, Butler has averaged 16.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game over his career.
According to ESPN’s Ric Bucher, Butler chose the Clippers over a four-year, $30 million offer from the Nets.
The Bulls could only offer Butler the midlevel exception. Now they will likely turn their attention to veterans Jason Richardson, Grant Hill, Jamal Crawford and Josh Howard as they look to provide reigning MVP Derrick Rose with a stronger supporting cast, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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