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Caron Butler 'flattered' by Spurs

From Jeff Caplan, ESPNDallas.com:

Dallas Mavericks free agent Caron Butler enjoyed his Wednesday morning visit with the archrival San Antonio Spurs so much that he felt compelled to tweet about it.

"Just met with Spurs great visit first class all the way ..." Butler said in his tweet.

Yahoo! Sports reported that the Spurs will use the one-time amnesty clause written into the new collective bargaining agreement to jettison small forward Richard Jefferson, who is due to earn $9.2 million this season and $30 million over the next three.

Reached after his meeting with the Spurs and moments after the report of the Spurs' decision to amnesty Jefferson, Butler said via text message: "I was flattered."

The Spurs would still have to pay Jefferson's full salary, but it would not count toward the salary cap or luxury tax. The move would get San Antonio under the luxury tax and enable them to use the full mid-level exception (starting at $5 million this season) to sign Butler or another player.

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