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Caron Butler not cleared for contact

Updated: April 23, 2011, 8:57 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Dallas Mavericks small forward Caron Butler has been not been cleared for contact drills despite a team spokesman's earlier confirmation of a TNT report that Butler would begin practicing next week.

Coach Rick Carlisle was surprised when asked about the report after the Mavericks' Game 4 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

"He's been doing noncontact basketball drills, not at full speed," Carlisle said after a brief meeting with the team spokesman. "The report ...

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