The San Antonio Spurs have emerged as a strong suitor for free agent Caron Butler, according to a source.

Butler, who is coming off a knee injury suffered on New Year’s Day that caused him to miss the rest of last season, is one of the most sought-after small forwards in free agency.

He is currently being pursued by the Heat, Bulls, Spurs, Clippers, Nets, Pistons and Bucks, according to the source.