Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 12/8/11
Caron Butler is leaving Dallas or Los Angeles. The former Mavericks forward has agreed to a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers worth 24 million, reports David Aldridge of NBA.com. Butler, who was also being pursued by the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Nets, played in only 29 games last season for Dallas. Butler was averaging 15.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last season before rupturing the patella tendon in his right knee on New Year's Day. Butler went through an extensive rehab in hopes that he could return for the Mavericks playoff run, coming up just short of appearing against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. This will be Butler's second stint in Los Angeles, where he played for the Lakers during the 200405 season after being traded to LA from the Miami Heat as part of a package with Lamar Odom that sent Shaquille O'Neal to Miami. Dallas acquired Butler from the Washington Wizards in a trade on Feb. 13, 2010. He played in 46 games for the Mavericks over two seasons, averaging 15.1 points per game, just under his 16.6 career average.
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