The Clippers acquired shooting guard Rasual Butler and an undisclosed amount of cash Wednesday in a trade with the New Orleans Hornets for a conditional second-round draft pick in 2016, a deal that Coach and General Manager Mike Dunleavy says gives the Clippers "good depth across the board."
The Hornets are expected to save about $8 million with the trade, including Butler's $3.9-million contract and luxury tax implications. Meanwhile, the Clippers are absorbing his salary, thanks to a $7.3-million trade exception they had after shipping Zach Randolph last month to the Memphis Grizzlies.
"We approached them," Dunleavy said, referring to the Hornets. "We have been aggressively proactive to make deals."
The Clippers' latest trade gives them a 14-man roster, and adds another option at shooting guard and small forward to go with Eric Gordon, Al Thornton, Ricky Davis and Mardy Collins.
Dunleavy plans to play Butler at both positions and says he thinks the seven-year veteran is able to play in both a full-court and half-court set.