Caron Butler will not play against the Lakers

Given the length of his absence- out since January 1st following major knee surgery- whether Caron Butler could make an impact against the Lakers in the Western Conference Semi-Finals is a wide open question.

It's also moot, as of Friday afternoon.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told 103.3 ESPN in Dallas this afternoon the former Laker has "zero" chance of suiting up against the purple and gold. Not all that unexpected, but still worth noting.