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Monday, December 5, 2011
Caron Butler, Clippers to meet again

By Ramona Shelburne
ESPNLosAngeles.com

Free agent small forward Caron Butler's meeting with the the Los Angeles Clippers went so well Monday night, the two sides decided to talk again on Tuesday morning, according to Butler's agent.

"Caron was really happy with the meeting," Butler's agent Raymond Brothers said. "We were really impressed by (general manager) Neil Olshey and (coach) Vinny Del Negro. I think they've got a good young team that can win. Caron had a really good feeling about it."

Brothers said that Butler met with the Chicago Bulls Monday morning and still plans to travel to San Antonio to meet with the Spurs Tuesday afternoon. ESPNDallas.com's Jeff Caplan reported Sunday night that he is also expected to meet with the New Jersey Nets and Detroit Pistons.

A league source told ESPNChicago.com's Nick Friedell that those teams understand that Butler is not interested in a one-year contract, the length favored by the Mavs to bring back the nine-year veteran.

Butler, 31, has averaged almost 17 points a game throughout his career, but missed most of last season with the Dallas Mavericks after rupturing a tendon in his right knee on Jan. 1. The Mavs' starting small forward at the beginning of last season, Butler was emerging as their second-leading scorer while splitting time with Shawn Marion.

"Both of the meetings today were very very good," Brothers said. "Caron is grateful to every team that's interested in him."

Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.