Eastern Notes: Butler, 76ers, Melo, Brand

Caron Butler seemed reasonably happy in Phoenix, but when Suns Assistant General Manager Pat Connelly approached him with the option of playing for the Bucks, the Wisconsin native was packed up and out of town within 48 hours, writes Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic. “I got an opportunity of a lifetime,” Butler said. “What man wouldn’t want to play in his home state and home city? I thought it was great for me.”  More out of the East..

  • The 76ers announced that they have assigned guard Elliot Williams to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League.  Williams signed as a free agent with the Sixers on Nov. 20 and has appeared in 18 games with one start.  To keep up with all of this year’s D-League assignments, check out Hoops Rumors’ running list.
  • Clippers coach Doc Rivers thought the talk of a Carmelo Anthony-for-Blake Griffin trade was “so stupid” and Melo agrees.  “Everybody talks about it,’’ the Knicks star said of one day playing with Paul, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. “Back to the USA team [in 2008]. Those three guys did it [LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh]. It happens. Everybody always says they want to play with this guy and that guy. But me and Chris have been rumored since he [came] to the NBA. There’s always been trade rumors trying to get us together. It never happened…it was stupid and silly.’
  • The Bulls chased both Elton Brand and Marcus Camby hard in free agency last summer, hoping one would sign as a fifth big man, writes K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.  When the Hawks offered a one-year, $4MM deal, Brand turned down the chance to return to where he started his career.
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