Teams from throughout the Association were able to talk Monday with NBA Free Agents; and one of the most intriguing discussions took place outside of Chicago, as “ESPN.com” has reported that the Chicago Bulls met with veteran Caron Butler about possibly inking a long-term deal. He was a member of last season’s NBA Champions the Dallas Mavericks, but was out for a great deal of the campaign after going down with a ruptured tendon on New Years Day. Despite many attempts to come back during the Playoffs, the 31-year-old veteran was done for the year. The Mavericks have interest in retaining their starting small forward; however they only want to sign him for a one-year-deal while Butler is looking for a multi-year pact.
The Bulls would be looking to make him their starting shooting guard and provide last season’s NBA MVP Derrick Rose a former All-Star to play with in the Chicago back-court. Along side Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and center Joakim Noah the Bulls would have one of the most formidable starting five in the Association. Noah expressed his respect for Butler to reporters on Monday. He told members of the media “There’s no secret that he’s a hell of a player. I don’t know how he is health-wise, but there’s no question that he’s definitely a great player.”
According to the report Butler is scheduled to meet with the Los Angeles Clippers, the New Jersey Nets, The San Antonio Spurs and possibly the Detroit Pistons over the next few days. Teams will not be allowed to have a deal in place before the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement has been ratified. That is expected to take place this Thursday.