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Report: Raptors open to trading guard Jose Calderon

Jan 29, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

Toronto Raptors' Calderon drives to the basket past Sacramento Kings' Thomas during their NBA basketball game in Toronto Reuters

If only there were a couple big name teams out there looking for a point guard….

Interesting note from Marc Stein of ESPN:

Sources with knowledge of Toronto’s thinking say that the team is not just going to give Calderon away, especially when he’s back to supplying a typically efficient 10.6 points and 8.7 assists nightly, but I’m told that the Raps are indeed open to moving him.

Calderon is playing well, 10.4 points and more than 7 assists per game, he can shoot the three and is an above-average decision maker and playmaker at the point. Teams like the Lakers and Knicks should be drooling over him.

But there are two challenges to getting a deal done.

One is that he is due to make $11 million next season, which means any team that gets him is going to have to take on that salary and have someone the Raptors want back in that price range. They are rebuilding, so that may not be easy.

Second, Stein says that the Raptors would want a point guard back to balance the roster. That makes it hard for the Lakers or Knicks, who wouldn’t be desperate for one if they had a point guard already.

But as the deadline approaches, it’s a name to watch.

  1. addict2sport - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Who would the Lakers potentially send?

    • footba11joe - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      I’m not really sure how it works, but could the Lakers’ trade exception come into play for the salary hit?
      If the Raptors wanted a pg, maybe they would take Steve Blake? Or maybe Andrew Goudelock, who’s been scoring 10+ on 50+% recently?

  2. ferhatiggy - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    he would be good part for the NY.

  3. raidmagic - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Send Jameer Nelson north with a 6 pack Otis hell throw in J-rich

  4. borderline1988 - Jan 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    I like Calderon’s efficiency – he’s one of the most underrated PGs in basketball. Consistently makes good decisions, rarely turns the ball over, and can nail the 3. He’s also a good catch and shoot guy coming off screens. He’s basically a much better version of Steve Blake.

    That being said, Calderon gets abused defensively on a nightly basis by opposing guards. He simply doesn’t have the ability to keep a guard in front of him. It’s like having 4 defenders out there instead of 5. I watch a lot of Raptor games, and he is constantly chasing the opposing PG from behind.

    The Knicks and Lakers are desperate at that position right now, so you never know…they might take a shot at him. But he is not a legitimate starter on a contending team, although he could make an excellent backup for the Bulls or Celtics (not at that price though).

  5. zblott - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    To say Calderon is an “above-average decision maker and playmaker” is a massive understatement. His per36min stats are very similar to those of Steve Nash and Chris Paul, and he nearly has the best assist/turnover ratio of all-time (2nd only to Muggsy). Plus he pulled off the very difficult .400-.500-.900 a couple years ago. His defense is poor, but so is Nash’s, so was Magic’s. Put him on a team with good interior defense, and suddenly that issue isn’t talked about so much (see also: Magic and Derrick Fisher).

    • bozosforall - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      Calderon to the Lakers for the trade exception and a draft pick.

  6. hoopsmccann - Jan 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Don’t be too quick to give up A Goudelock. He may be the best 3 point shooter in the NBA in a couple years. He was at the top in college and won the college 3 point shooting contest with a 25 out of 30 points possible. Seems to have a great attitude. Also D Morris was an excellent playmaker in college as only a sophomore and is a hometown guy. Could turn into a more athletic and higher scoring Luke Walton in a couple years. These guys are rookies who had no training camp on a team where the veterans are totally confused. That said, why not try Arenas. I remember him scoring 50 and beating the Lakers at Staples 4 or 5 years ago. Could be just what he needs to turn his career and the Laker’s fortunes around.

  7. 420hippy - Jan 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    calderon is a beast…

  8. cluelessdufus - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    probably nothing more than a mid to late first rounder

  9. freenbatips - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    After a few years, Jose is losing some good minutes in front of J. Bayless and it’s understandable. THe young guns are hungry and J.B will be a good point guard and a real NBA underdog .
    Send Calderon + some $$$ for P. Gasol.

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