Caron Butler and Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro have had frequent conversations about Butler's role on the team.
Butler and Del Negro agreed that the small forward has to take his open shots, keep playing defense and improve his rebounding.
Basically, Butler has been asked to play an all-around game.
"I talked to him because I'm a man and I wanted us to be clear on what the role is or what is expected of me," Butler said. "It was clear for me to rebound, do what I've been doing on the defensive end. And the shots that I get, be aggressive and take them."
Butler acknowledged that he wondered what was expected of him.
He's playing only 25.9 minutes per game because he is sharing time with Matt Barnes.
"Knowing what's expected of me night in and night out, it kind of leaves out all of the questions," Butler said. "So, I know that me and Matt split a lot of time. But I know what's expected of me and my time, and I try to be aggressive at times when I get the opportunity. That usually comes in the first quarter and the third quarter."