Starting next season, Washington Wizards fans will be tuning into a new broadcast crew for games. According to the Washington Post, NBC Sports Washington will announce a new play-by-play announcer and two new analysts, with one of them being UConn great Caron Butler.
Butler, who has appeared as an analyst on ESPN and Turner Sports amongst other networks since retiring in 2018, will share the analyst role with fellow NBA veteran Drew Gooden. Gooden will call a majority of the games, but the two should be an excellent replacement for Kara Lawson, who left to take an assistant coaching role with the Boston Celtics this offseason. They’ll work alongside Justin Kutcher, a Fairfield, Connecticut native who will replace Steve Buckhantz as the Wizards’ play-by-play man after 22 seasons.
The new role marks a return for Butler, who played five seasons with the Wizards, averaging 19 points per game and making two All-Star games. Much like at UConn, Butler was a hit with Wizards fans and should be able to use his experience both as a player with the Wizards and as an analyst to slide into his new role with ease.