Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 12:01 pm  |  18 responses

Jose Calderon Would Welcome Trade From Raptors

Since the team acquired point guard Kyle Lowry earlier this month, Jose Calderon’s future in Toronto has been in a state of flux. Reports have now surfaced saying that Calderon is hoping—and maybe even imploring—the Raptors find him a new home. ESPN.com has the details:  “Agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed Thursday night that he and Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo are ‘working together’ to try to find a workable trade. ‘There’s a little bit of a logjam there in the backcourt now,’ Bartelstein said. ‘Bryan and I are talking and we’re putting our heads together to see what we can do to find a solution.’ Sources close to the situation say Calderon, while undeniably attached to the city of Toronto after spending his entire six-year NBA career there, is hoping the Raptors can find a trade home for him now that it’s been made clear the Raptors have no plans to release the Spaniard through the NBA’s amnesty clause. The Raptors, sources say, are open to a trade but want to send Calderon to a team with salary-cap space that can absorb the Spaniard’s $10.6 million salary, thereby creating a trade exception for Toronto and giving them added financial flexibility for further moves.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    he couls be a very solid back up on a good team, as a starter he just won’t take a team very far

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    I just hope we can get something back for him.

  • http://www.slamonlije.com keep it real

    This guy is too good 4 backup and not good enough to start.

  • http://slamonline.com LLC#12

    His offensive is too good for the bench and his defense is too poor for the starting 5 (or the NBA at all, some might say) is the clearest way to put it I think.

  • patrick

    If i was LA i’d take him, and get trade away Steve Blake. I think Calderon is a better shooter and driver than Blake.

    Also, if i was OKC i’d pick up Calderon and trade away Derek Fisher. Fisher has terrible balance imo on his jump shots..is a very inconsistent shooter..ie. misses just horribly at times…and he is not a good driver.

  • Niio

    If I recall correctly Fisher was huge for OKC in the playoffs this year no?

  • Mas

    Calderon would be perfect for OKC when they want to play Westbrook at the 2 and let Jose set the attack. Best assit/turnover ration in the NBA and a solid shooter.

  • LA Huey

    Fisher was huge for OKC? As I recall, his good moments were negated with plays that showed he should clearly hang it up.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    That’s harsh Huey. Should Westbrook “hang it up” after a 7+ TO game? Naw. Vets have less mistakes mentally and more mistakes physically. It evens out. With that said, he did more good than harm, but your right that there is not much in the tank for The Fisher of Men.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Pretty much what everyone here has already said. Jose’s a solid decision maker with a decent midrange game, but his defense is just atrocious. On a team with good scorers and an elite shot-blocker, Jose could be a nice addition. On a team where he has to score and defend, I’d rather have Sue Bird!

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    I think Fisher was a huge missing piece in okc and was a great addition. .. not so much on the floor but off it.. he provided experience and leadership that the team needed …and I would love to see Calderon back in Toronto and let Kyle spark the bench

  • Mr. Goattree

    You guys are all forgetting about Eric Maynor! He is that backup PG who facilitates the ball movement and allows Russ to drive to the basket with wreckless abandon. If he was healthy, they would have had no use for Fisher at all. I agree that Fish was a huge locker room presence for OKC, but I think Scotty B gave him too many minutes in the playoffs. He hit a few big shots, but on the whole wasn’t contributing enough on the court to justify his minutes.

    As for Jose the Spanish Fly….? Backup minutes behind….Nash in LA?

  • Mack

    I hate it when guys don’t know their roles… The Raptors are trying to improve the team and they bring in a solid (near all-star level last season) PG in Lowry so why can’t he be the leader of the bench? Toronto hasn’t been that successful when he’s the full-time starter so it’s time for change. They could have depth now at the most important position in the NBA

  • Mack

    It’s no sleight that Jose should come off the bench it’s just the reality of his game; he’s a good scorer and distributor but there’s no way going forward he’s commanding 35 plus minutes as your starter if you expect to be contending for the playoffs (let alone a championship)

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ VanCityBBall: The only time Kyle Lowry should be backing up Jose Calderon is never in eternity.

  • RunNGun

    He’s tradeable, but has that $11M trade kicker… yuck!

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    Teddy I get what your saying but isn’t that like James harden coming off the bench in okc ? I’m not saying lowry isn’t worthy of starting I’m saying he can help a thin bench in Toronto

  • http://thetroyblog.com teddy-the-bear

    lol sorry for being rude, I was just trying to be funny… True he would definitely help their bench. But also keep in mind that OKC are a championship contender and Harden is their third best player. Raptors were terrible last year, and Kyle Lowry is now their best player. Jose would make a great back-up though. Remember the Raptors with TJ Ford starting and Calderon off the bench? They won the Atlantic division that year didn’t they?