Caron Butler was making his way through the hallways at Verizon Center late Saturday when a Wizards front office official greeted him in front of the visiting locker room and gave him a hug. It was that kind of night for Butler, the former Wizards cornerstone player who was back in town as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.

It was Butler's first game back in the District since being traded along with Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to Dallas in 2009-10 when the Wizards began their rebuild. Butler was hurt last season during the Mavericks' run to the NBA title, but these days, he's a starter for the Clippers, who have designs on winning it all this season.

"I mean, it felt weird coming here and setting up in this locker room," Butler said of getting dressed in the visitors' quarters afer spending four and a half seasons with the Wizards. "But once you're on the court, basketball just takes care of itself."