After having his contract bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks, Caron Butler signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. But before that deal was accepted, the Miami Heat and their players had interest in Butler. And from all indications, he was interested in the Heat as well.
Well according to Miami Heat president Pat Riley, Butler started to look elsewhere after Riley couldn’t promise the role that Butler wanted.
“I think when you look at our roster, and I think in our conversations with them, they wanted a meaningful role, and I don’t blame them,” Riley said. “And we’re pretty deep. When you’ve got James Jones and Udonis Haslem and in those positions, they’re waiting, and Mike [Beasley] and Greg [Oden] are getting minutes from [roster spots] nine and 10. They were looking for something else.
“We love Caron. We reached out to him. But he was very definitive with what he wanted and I don’t think it’s something we could have promised.”
I think what we can take from this is that Riley is confident in the roster that he has right now. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact Butler makes with the Thunder.