Butler Could Join Teammates in Cali
Caron Butler said today that he might join the Wizards for the final three games of their west coast trip, even if he serves only as a spectator. Butler said he will find out Thursday afternoon if he will get clearance to participate in full contact drills after spending the past week rehabilitating the contusion on his left knee. If he does, Butler said he'll catch a flight to join the team in Oakland, where the Wizards face the Golden State Warriors on Friday.
The Wizards said last week that Butler would miss 7-to-10 days after developing stiffness in his left knee, but ruled him out for any games during this trip. Butler said he is feeling better but couldn't speculate on a return until he gets clearance to practice again. He was optimistic that it wouldn't be long before he does. Butler originally stayed behind in Washington to work out with team trainers, but he said he hasn't developed any swelling. How his knee feels following Thursday's workout will determine his fate.
Butler injured himself in the closing seconds of a loss in Atlanta on March 7. Butler said he dunked over the Hawks' Josh Childress and Childress accidently kicked Butler in the leg while trying to defend the shot. The team is 1-4 without Butler this season and 1-9 without him the past two seasons.
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