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Bucks - Butler not liking amount of playing time

The Bradley Center in Milwaukee, home of the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bradley Center in Milwaukee, home of the Milwaukee Bucks.

(WNFL) - After starting 78 games for the L-A Clippers this season, veteran forward Caron Butler says he's getting a lot less playing time than he expected with the Milwaukee Bucks.  The Racine native has been relegated to a backup role, after the Bucks fell to 7-and-31 and focused on developing younger talent.  Rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo has been starting a lot, along with second-year pro Khris Middleton.  Butler says he understands all that -- but if an All-Star can't crack the lineup with his home state team, he wonders if any other quality veterans will even want to come to Milwaukee.  Butler says he has expressed his frustrations to coach Larry Drew and general manager John Hammond.  Drew says he's spoken about the matter with Butler and his agent.  The coach says there's now a "level of commitment" to certain players and quote, "If there's unhappiness there, I guess they're going to have to do something."  The 33-year-old Butler is making eight-million dollars on a contract that expires after this season.  He said he wanted to stay in Milwaukee for awhile -- but this was not supposed to be a "visit," and he expects to play a few more years in the N-B-A.  Butler is averaging 10 points in about 25 minutes a game.  The Bucks' next game is tomorrow night at Houston. 

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