Caron Butler's buyout is complete, according to multiple reports.
He's expected to clear waivers on Friday, A return to Miami seems to be obvious for both sides. Butler has averaged 11.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 24 minutes per game in Milwaukee this season, numbers he's unlikely to approach if he does accept a bench role ANALYST: Drew Phelps
Tim Duncan (rest) will not play Friday against Denver.
The Spurs will take advantage of the holiday and give Duncan an extra day of rest and get ready for Saturday against the Hawks. The Spurs could go with LaMarcus Aldridge at center for Friday and use David West at power forward or they could just give Boris Diaw the start. Either way, those are the three players likely to see the extra work in Duncan's absence. Analysis: Howard Bender