Mavs Likely to want Butler for the Long Run

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Mavs Likely to want Butler for the Long Run

Of course with the lockout going on, Donnie Nelson is prohibited from commenting on this situation, but according to agent Raymond Brothers, the Mavs’ intentions are to sign Butler to a long-term contract.

After the Mavs won the championship, Brothers said that Donnie Nelson told him that he wants Caron to be part of the team long term.

Likewise, Butler prefers to stay with the Mavericks; him and his agent are optimistic that they will come to an agreement for both sides.

Butler has said in a phone interview that his knee is fully recovered at that he will be ready to go whenever the lockout ends. Until then, he will continue to work out his knee in the offseason.

“I’ll be ready,” Butler said. “I’m doing everything I usually do during the offseason preparing for a season.”

It seems that Butler wants a multiyear deal and has no desire to re-enter the market to see more money.

Nelson spoke very highly of Butler. After the championship win, Nelson said:

“He’s part of the fabric of what we’re doing, so he’s part of the family. That’s how we’ll treat all those guys [the team's free agents]. That being said, there’s other teams out there, too. Their agents are going to field offers; that’s what agents are paid to do. It’s a process we go through every summer and we end up figuring something out.”

If Butler does get resigned, he would most likely send Marion back to the bench and take his usual role as starting small forward.

For now, Butler is focused on preparing for the season no matter where he lands.

“It’s up to my agent to put me in the best situation,” Butler said. “Like I said, I’m healthy. I’m going to be my old self, even better. I’m back in the lab working on everything. I look forward to playing years of healthy basketball and I will go out there and prove it.”

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