Milwaukee, WI, United States (4E Sports) – The Milwaukee Bucks got Caron Butler from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for point guard Ish Smith and center Viacheslav Kravtsov.
Butler, originally rom Racine, Wisconsin, will now have a chance to play for his hometown Bucks team.
He could help the Bucks get in contention in the Eastern Conference.
Butler started each of the past two seasons for a Clippers team that went 40-26 in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season and won a franchise-record 56 games last year, beforee being traded to the Suns July 10.
He will earn $8 million in what is the final season of his contract.
Meanwhile, the Suns gained nearly $6 million of salary cap room, having taken in only $2.5 million guaranteed contracts owed its new players.
Kravtsov is a 26-year-old 7-footer from the Ukraine who played sparingly for the Detroit Pistons last season, while Smith, 25, is a playmaker out of Wake Forest who will play for his sixth team in four seasons.
The Arizona Republic first reported that the deal had been agreed on, but the trade yet to be announced.