The “Associated Press” has reported that the odds of Dallas Mavericks veteran forward Caron Butler returning to the hardwood for the NBA Finals are pretty slim. The Mavericks will take on the Miami Heat in the Championship round for the Association starting on Tuesday with the series opening at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that the chances of Butler playing are “unlikely, but I’m not sure.”
The 31-year old small forward ruptured a tendon in his right knee on January 1, and has been out of action ever since. He had played 29 games this season for the Mavericks and averaged 15.0 points per game. Butler has still not been cleared by team doctors to resume basketball activities. Butler was acquired by Dallas last season in a multi-player trade with the Washington Wizards. He is in his ninth season in the NBA and has averaged 16.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his career.