Caron Butler (born March 13, 1980 in Racine, Wisconsin) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks in a trade along with Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson on February 13, 2010 from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Josh Howard, James Singleton, Quinton Ross and Drew Gooden.
Butler attended the University of Connecticut for two years before becoming an early entry candidate for the NBA Draft. He averaged 15.3 points as a freshman and 20.3 his sophomore season. He led the team in scoring both seasons and was the C0-Big East Player-of-the-Year his second year.
The Miami Heat selected the 6'7 forward in the first round of the 2002 draft. He appeared in 78 games his rookie season and captured the league's Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award four times during the year. Butler averaged 15.4 ppg and started for the first-year players in the Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend scoring a team-high 23 points.
In his second season, he missed 13 games due to illness/injury and his scoring average fell to 9.2 ppg. After his sophomore campaign he was included in a major trade to the Los Angeles Lakers for Shaquille O'Neal. His scoring touch returned on the west coast as he averaged 15.5 points to go with 5.8 rebounds per game.
In the summer of 2005, Butler was again traded, this time to the Washington wizards where he would make his mark as a solid NBA contributor. In four full seasons, Butler's scoring averaged rose each year with a high of 20.8 ppg in 2008-2009. He helped lead the Wizards to the playoffs two times and was named to the NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team on two occasions. He and LeBron James are the only two NBA players to average 20+ points, 6+ rebounds and 4+ assists per game in '07-'08 and '08-'09...his final full seasons in Washington.
He was traded to the Mavs in February of 2010 as Dallas was seeking scoring help from both the small forward and shooting guard positions. For the season, Butler averaged 16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 37.6 minutes in 74 games with the Wizrds and Mavericks.
After helping the Mavs off to a great start in 2020-2011, Butler ruptured his right patellar tendon on New Year's Day against the Milwaukee Bucks. For the year, he saw action in 29 games averaging 15.0 points and 4.1 rebounds. As the 2011-2012 training camp was beginning, Butler signed a 3-year / $24 million dollar deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.
After helping the Clippers to the playoffs for two straight seasons, he was traded on July 10, 2013 to the Phoenix Suns as part of a three-team deal also involving the Milwaukee Bucks.
Off the court Butler, along with his wife Andrea, was chosen as a 2007 recipient of the Conversation Changers award on behalf of the Washington D.C. Campaign to prevent teenage pregnancy. He's been recognized by The Sporting News as one of the top "Good Guys In Sports" in 2006 for all his charitable endeavors and in the summer of 2009 earned the Middlesex County (CT) Chamber of Commerce Role Model of the Year Award for his positive influence on both the local and national community and had July 20, 2009 named "Caron Butler Day" in Connecticut by Governor Jodi Rell.
He has invested along with fellow athletes Marcus Allen and Michael Strahan, in a string of 18 Burger King Restaurants in Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia. In 2003 Butler was inducted into the New England Sports Hall of Fame.