Caron Butler is entering his 14th season in the NBA and his first with the Sacramento Kings. While Butler is just a backup at this time in his career, he does provide a big role for the team as a leader in the locker room. From Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee:
- "Butler’s influence on the Kings won’t be measured simply by statistics. He’s not on the team to outscore Rudy Gay or set up Rajon Rondo. Butler’s ability to mentor young players like guard Ben McLemore and relay to them the level of work former teammates Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade put in is just as valuable. Butler understands part of his job also is to help police the Kings’ locker room and add professionalism. 'Combination of that and be ready to play, contribute when I’m called upon,' Butler said. 'I know the preseason accolades don’t really matter. It’s all about getting yourself ready and in condition for the season. That’s how I look at it.' ... So in addition to being a leader, he’s been around great leaders."
Butler signed a contract that includes a player option for 2016-17. At the end of next season, it might be time for Butler to retire.