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Raptors working to trade Jose Calderon

Jul 13, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

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

Think there are teams that could use a point guard who averaged 10.5 points and 8.8 assists per game last season (to 2 turnovers per game), who can shoot the three and assisted on 44 percent of his teammates baskets when he was on the floor last season?

Anyone want Jose Calderon?

He’s the guy a lot of fans don’t really know now but will be asking about when they watch how he plays as Spain’s starting point guard in the Olympics.

The Raptors are shopping him around, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

After ESPN.com reported Thursday that Calderon would welcome a trade after the arrival of Kyle Lowry to become the Raptors’ new starting point guard, 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.”

The challenge is Calderon is set to make $10.5 million next year. That’s not chump change. The good news is this is the last year of his deal, he’s a good fit for a team not wanting the long-term burden.

But not a lot of teams are going to absorb that salary.

  1. bucrightoff - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Before Nash was traded to the Lakers I would have said he’d be a perfect fit there. I still he would be as a backup since the Lakers bench is still a horror show.

    • elcomandanteenjefe - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      The Nash trade to the Lakers makes them better, yet if I were a GM my preference would have been Calderon over Nash simply on the age and health. Then again, I am not a GM and I am here on the boards passing time.

    • adfranco - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      Yes, he would be a big upgrade over Steve Blake, but makes too much money.

  2. connaniii - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Jose Calderon is the closest thing to a young John Stockton!

  3. trybe29dr - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Idk if id say hes Stockton but a real underrated guard

    • connaniii - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      You might change your mind after the olympics are over and done with…

      • buffalowned - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        john stockton…are you serious? calderon is 30 years old there is no comparison between he and stockton. let him make an all star game or average 10 assists a game before you start comparing him to a hall of famer

  4. badintent - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    his biggest problem is when his shots fall in the first half, he goes crazy in the second half even if he is missing big time.. I’ve seen him take the team out of a game in the third quarter too many times. He is not a clutch shooter or ball handler when the game is on the line, way too many turnovers in last 3 minutes of close games.His D is much better now than when he came in the league. He is a starter of half the teams , backup for the rest. Yes, he and Gasol can hable espanol , pero Kobe no te gusto. Lo siento. Hasta la vista baby..

  5. pop562 - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    I would say Steve Nash and stockton goes hand and hand not Calderon…in addition Rubio is better than Calderon for Spain.

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