Former Wizards forward Caron Butler retires from NBA

Caron Butler (Photo courtesy of Washington Wizards/Twitter) 

Former Washington Wizards small forward Caron Butler has retired after playing 16 seasons in the NBA.

Butler played for the Wizards, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Dallas Mavericks.

The former 2002 first-round pick previously played for the Kings during the 2015-16 season.

On Tuesday, the Wizards tweeted "Congratulations @realtuffjuice (Butler's Twitter handle) on a great career! You'll always be a member of the #DCFamily."

In his five seasons with the Wizards, Butler averaged over 15 points per game finishing with a career average of 14. 1 points per game.

The former University of Connecticut standout was known throughout his career for scoring, defense, toughness, and leadership.

Former NBA star and current analyst Grant Hill congratulated his former teammate on retiring.

"Congrats to my guy, my teammate & my friend @realtuffjuice on his retirement from an amazing NBA career...#tuffjuice #shark #TheBestIsYetToCome," Hill wrote on Twitter.

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