Caron Butler welcomed the chance to come home to play for the Bucks.

But the 33-year-old veteran and Racine native is not thrilled with a backup role as he plays both at small forward and power forward.

Butler said after practice Thursday he will continue to assess the situation as the season progresses. And he made it clear he wants to play in the NBA several more years following this season, when his current contract ($8 million this year) expires.

"The information I received before coming here is that 'You're going to play a lot,'" Butler said. "And I want to play. I want to be out there to help the situation.

"If we're developing on the fly, and I know Giannis (Antetokounmpo) has to play and guys have to play, but OK, there are a lot of ways those guys can play and we can still be out there developing those guys as well.

"Coach (Larry Drew) understands that and I've talked to him. He's been more than helpful, and (general manager) John Hammond and everyone. I know it's a process and we'll get through it. We're not even halfway through the season. Hopefully something turns for the better for the team and myself."

Butler started for the Los Angeles Clippers last season but platooned with Matt Barnes at small forward and only averaged 24.1 minutes. This season he has started 12 of 23 games with the Bucks and averaged 10.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in 25.0 minutes.

But his playing time has fluctuated greatly in recent games. He played just 8 minutes against Chicago last week and did not play due to coach's decision in Oklahoma City on Saturday. He played 16 minutes in Toronto on Monday and had 10 points in 19 minutes in the Bucks' 82-77 home loss to Memphis on Wednesday.

"You just want to play a role in the process and win," Butler said. "This is home for me. Some people live here and go away. I live here and work here. I want to see this place succeed more than anybody."

Asked about his future, Butler did not hesitate.

"I know I'll be in a good situation because it can't get worse," he said of the Bucks' 7-31 record. "If something was to happen, I know I will be going somewhere pretty good and I'm definitely ready to compete at a high level.

"I'm definitely well-rested. I'm healthy and I feel good."

Butler was acquired by Phoenix in the off-season but later was traded to the Bucks, in part because Butler did not want to get caught up in the Suns' youth movement. The Bucks knew Carlos Delfino's injury could keep him out for a prolonged period and acquired Butler to play at small forward.

Butler is shooting a career-low 36.1% after shooting 42.4% with the Clippers last season. He started in all 78 games he played with Los Angeles as it set a franchise record with 56 victories in 2012-'13.

"Ideally I want to play a few more years and particularly I would love to stay here," Butler said. "I expressed that to the Senator (Bucks owner Herb Kohl) and to management as well. This wasn't supposed to be a visit. It was supposed to be a stay, a couple years and exit out the right way.

"And I feel that way in my heart. I mind the losing but I understand it's a process. I know we will be a lot better next year. But we still can develop guys on the fly and get a lot better this year as well."

Butler was asked if it's tough to play when a good portion of a team's fan base is already looking to the May draft lottery and the June draft.