Caron Butler donned a Suns uniform at a public unveiling of the new duds two weeks ago and that looks like it will be the only time he will be seen in it.

The Suns have agreed to trade Butler a Racine Wis. native to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Ish Smith and center Slava Kravtsov about seven weeks after they acquired Butler and hailed him as a veteran influence for the youthful Suns and part of the future. The Suns gain $5.65 million of cap space for any potential in-season trades but also save that money to make an expected costly waiver of Michael Beasley more palatable. Beasley would be owed $9 million of guaranteed salary.

Butler 33 will make $8 million this season on an expriring contract but the Bucks could absorb most of that with $7.5 million of cap space. Smith who has played 121 games for six teams will make a guaranteed $985000 this season with a 2014-15 team option at the same salary. Kravtsov who logged 25 games in Detroit as a rookie last season is on an expiring deal for a guaranteed $1.5 million.

The Suns sounded like a team that planned to keep Butler and nothing since then indicated otherwise. Butler smartly wore an orange tie at his introductory press conference and general manager Ryan McDonough talked about his man crush on him and how Butler was part of the team’s future with Eric Bledsoe. They were acquired in that early July three-team deal that sent Jared Dudley to the Clippers officialy on July 10.

Butler came to Phoenix during the sweltering summer to work out at US Airways Center and was already imparting some leadership upon the young players. Butler was one of five players who wore the new Suns uniforms when they were unveiled two weeks ago. But Butler clearly appreciates the chance to be about 20 miles from his hometown.

“Much respect for the organization of the Phx Suns#staytuned” Butler tweeted Wednesday night.