Caron Butler has been bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks according to Yahoo Sports and a reunion with the Miami Heat could be next.
Butler played for the Heat from 2002-2004 before he was traded to Los Angeles as part of the package for Shaquille O'Neal. Though it has been 10 years since they last played together, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem have remained close with Butler, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
The Heat are co-favorites to sign Butler along with Oklahoma City according to Yahoo. Both offer Butler a great chance to win but he could find more playing time with the Thunder which may end up a deciding factor.
Personal relationships on the team and the fact that they are two-time defending champions could give the Heat an edge, however.
If Miami is unable to sign Butler, the team could turn its attention to Danny Granger as he was also bought out on Thursday, Sporting News reported. However, Granger remains a question mark for the Heat due to some bad blood dating back to the 2012 playoffs against the Indiana Pacers. In that playoff series, Granger got into an altercation with LeBron James that required the teams to be separated at one point.
If the Heat do sign Butler, Granger, or anyone else, they will need to open up a roster spot as the roster is currently full. Newly signed DeAndre Liggins would be the most likely candidate to go as he is on a 10-day contract anyway.
Reunions for the Heat have happened in the past including Eddie Jones, Steve Smith and Alonzo Mourning, as the Sun Sentinel pointed out. Butler is not the player he once was but he could end up giving the Heat that little extra output they need down the stretch.