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Former Wizards All-Star Caron Butler Officially Retires

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Caron Butler spent 16 seasons in the NBA with nine different teams. But it was his time with the Washington Wizards that he may be most remembered for. The two-time all-star officially retired on Tuesday.

“I’ll always remember how much the people in D.C. loved that team — L.A. and Miami were great cities to play in, but Washington was where I spent the majority of my career, and the place I will always consider my second basketball home,” Butler wrote in a post on Players Tribune.

Butler averaged 14.1 points per game in 881 games. But, it was with the Wizards were he blossomed, earning all-star selections in back-to-back seasons in 2007 and 2008. He averaged 19 points, 6.6. rebounds, and 3.5 assists while shooting 45.3 percent from the field in 310 games with the Wizards. He did not average or shoot any higher than with any other team during his NBA career.

Just this summer Butler’s name was linked to the vacant announcer’s position with NBC Sports Washington to replace Phil Chenier. The job ultimately went to Kara Lawson. He joined ESPN as a full-time analyst in 2017.

Butler last played in the NBA in 2015-16. Last year, he spoke of wanting to play for an NBA title contender like the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, or Cleveland Cavaliers. After two seasons of inactivity, he has officially returned.

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