Mavs don't rule out Caron Butler return

Updated: May 26, 2011, 6:42 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

The Dallas Mavericks do not anticipate Caron Butler will be able to play in the NBA Finals, although a return remains a possibility.

"It's unlikely, but I can't say no for sure," coach Rick Carlisle said during a Thursday morning appearance on ESPN 103.3's "Ben and Skin Show."

Butler, a two-time All-Star who began his career with the Miami Heat, has been working to return from a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee. Butler is able to sprint and jump, but he has not yet been ...

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