According to Yahoo! Sports’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats have had recent discussions involving Caron Butler and Gary Neal.
Charlotte had traction on deal to bring it Milwaukee’s Caron Butler and Gary Neal, but talks crumbled in recent days, league sources tell Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 18, 2014
Given the combined salaries of Butler and Neal ($11.25 million) the deal almost surely had to center around Charlotte’s lone large, expiring contract: Ben Gordon. But Milwaukee would have little incentive to trade for Gordon alone, so it seems likely a sweetener would have to have been included for the Bucks to part ways to take on a bit more salary in Gordon ($13.2 million).
Charlotte’s first round draft pick in the 2014 draft is likely heading to the Chicago Bulls as apart of an older deal that landed Charlotte Tyrus Thomas, but the Bobcats will likely have two first round picks formerly belonging to the Detroit Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers.
Woj didn’t divulge where this deal fell apart, but it seems most likely that it was in what Charlotte would send back to the Bucks.
Butler missed the last few games leading up to the All-Star break after spraining his left ankle and has expressed an interest in staying in Milwaukee to help rebuild, so his departure has seemed less imminent. But his veteran know how and potential usefulness, when combined with his expiring contract must make him at least somewhat attractive as a trade piece to a team like the Bobcats, trying to stay afloat in the playoff picture.