Miami reportedly set to miss out on former star.
Former Milwaukee Bucks star Caron Butler has reportedly decided to join the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to Yahoo! Sports.
It is understood that Butler informed all interested parties that he had made a decision on Friday morning, after securing a buyout of his contract from the Milwaukee Bucks.
The veteran star is expected to now clear waivers on Saturday, before signing with the Thunder for the rest of the season to play with the likes of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and to help in their bid to win an NBA championship.
Despite his history with the Heat, the 33-year-old has ultimately decided that Oklahoma City offer him the best opportunity in terms of contributing to a winning team, leaving Miami with further disappointment after supposedly missing out on Danny Granger.
In contrast, his arrival in OKC will be a significant boost for the franchise as they look to bounce back from three consecutive defeats which have left them at 43-15 for the season.
The Thunder were undoubtedly confident in their ability of acquiring their target, given that they had dropped their interest in Granger who is expected to go on and sign with the Los Angeles Clippers in the next 24 hours.
Butler was the 10th overall pick in the 2002 Draft and the former Bucks star has averaged 11 points in 34 games for Milwaukee this season.
That is a slight dip on his career average of 15.3 points per game over a 12-year period, but the veteran will now be eager to settle in his new surroundings before making an impact in the playoffs.