Caron Butler, Clippers meet again
PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- For the second day in a row free-agent small forward Caron Butler met with the Los Angeles Clippers as he spent Tuesday morning and afternoon at the team's training facility, talking to coaches and front office officials.
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Butler was not only getting a sales pitch from Clippers general manager Neil Olshey, but from some of the players who were at the facility to workout.
"My selling point was that we're going to win," said Clippers guard Mo Williams. "He's coming from an organization in Dallas that won a championship. We're all fully aware of the culture or the persona of the Clippers and I told him you can forget about that. That's no more. We're going to win. That's the selling pitch I gave to him and his response was, 'Yeah,' and I said with this talent and with you we can go even further."
"I'm excited about the talent and walking by Caron and me seeing that, that's getting me more excited, knowing that we have an opportunity to get a player of his caliber. He's definitely going to help us tremendously."
Williams was one of a handful of players along with Blake Griffin, Eric Bledsoe, Randy Foye, Al-Farouq Aminu, Brian Cook and Travis Leslie who worked out at the team facility on Tuesday. Williams said he and the team weren't affected at all by the trade talks Monday that the Clippers would like to make a move for Chris Paul and/or Dwight Howard.
"I'm not bothered by trade talk," Williams said. "Trade talk is always going to be around the league. If you're mentioned in a trade, it's a good sign, that means you're wanted by another team."
Arash Markazi is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.