Caron Butler played just 24 minutes per game on the Los Angeles Clippers last season, and he accepted the role due to the team's success. Now, Butler believes he is ready to play elevated minutes on the Milwaukee Bucks.

"After I got back healthy, I actually wanted to play more," Butler said. "I had to accept the role I was given. I felt I was back to my old self. It's never been hard for me to score. As long as I'm out there, I'll find a way.

"I'm good for whatever is needed. I'm definitely in great shape and I can't wait for the season to start."

Larry Drew said word around the NBA was that Butler returned to 100 percent last season.

"You started seeing that pop in his step again," Drew said.