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Stop the silly rumors: Jose Calderon is not headed to Lakers

Oct 15, 2012, 1:52 AM EDT

Raptors' Calderon poses for the team photographer during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto Reuters

I can think of 10 million reasons Jose Calderon will not be a Laker.

That rumor — Calderon to the Lakers — got going on twitter over the weekend. Because on twitter nobody has to think about reality or finances, plus this didn’t even have a source. Yet somehow it picked up steam, so let’s be clear:

This is not going to happen. But don’t take my word for it, ESPN’s Marc Stein talked to Calderon’s agent.


Calderon is set to make just shy of $10.6 million this season. For the Lakers to trade for him they are going to have to get close in matching salaries.

So they can send Toronto Steve Nash, but that’s not going to happen. They could send Toronto Metta World Peace and Jordan Hill, but if you are a rebuilding Toronto squad that doesn’t work for you. How about Steve Blake, Chris Duhon and a future first-round pick… wait, why would Toronto even consider that deal? Blake and Duhon have another year after this on their deals, no way Toronto touches that.

Unless you want to send one of the Lakers big four to Toronto, there is nothing that will entice them.

Also, the Lakers already have a payroll of $99 million, which is $17 million more than the Heat. They are not taking on more salary this season (they are looking to shed a little, actually).

Calderon may well be traded closer to the deadline, but not to the Lakers.

  1. eureca323 - Oct 15, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    I agree its probably not gonna happen its a baseless rumor started on Twitter, but I very much disagree with the notion that Laker’s wouldn’t add salary this season. Lakers at this point don’t care about salary this year. Its next year when the hardcore luxury tax penalties start. So a deal where they are shedding salary for next year by adding a little more this year would work marvelously for the Lakers thats not even factoring in any player coming back.

    One last thing though we shouldn’t be so close to dismiss Lakers making any trade. You say Raptors won’t add Blake and Duhon’s salary for next year for a 1st round pick in a Calderon trade. Well Blake is 4 mil expiring next year and Duhon is only guaranteed 1.5 million next year. So that’s 5.5 million Raptors are adding to next year’s roster while saving a little over 2 million this season if Earl Clark as an expiring was also sent to make salaries match. My point is Lakers traded Luke Walton who is making 6 million for the Cavs this season for a 1st round pick while sending Ramon Sessions to the Lakers who is probably more valuable then Calderon. So is that 5.5m for Blake and Duhon different then the 6 million Luke Walton is making for the Cavs this season? Never say never with the Lakers. Really wouldn’t be that different then what they did last year in the Sessions trade.

    • borderline1988 - Oct 15, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      Calderon’s salary will still result in an $11 million luxury tax penalty.
      Essentially, the Lakers will be taking on over $21 million this year for Calderon’s services, less the salaries they give up. That’s a lot of money for a backup PG.

      And I still don’t understand why the Raptors would do this. Calderon’s expiring contract will be worth a lot come the trade deadline. Packaged with a young contributor (such as Ed Davis) or even Derozan if he doesn’t take that next step, the Raptors could seriously get something in return.
      Why on earth would they settle for Chris Duhon and Steve Blake, who are complete writeoffs for a rebuilding team, in a situation where they wouldn’t even be saving money in the long run b/c they both have years remaining on their contracts?

      It makes absolutely zero sense.

      I don’t understand your sentiments regarding that the we shouldn’t count the Lakers out of any deal. They made one big move for Howard (Nash was essentially a FA signing, even if he was technically traded). And LA was really the only logical place for Howard to go, after the Nets deal fell through (maybe besides Houston?).

      • eureca323 - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:29 AM

        Read my second paragraph in the post your replied to understand my sentiments. The Dwight and Nash trades aren’t the only trades Lakers ever made.

        And its not as if Lakers would be adding 11 million in salary in a deal for Calderon. Lakers have to send around 8 million themselves just to make the salaries match so Lakers would be adding 2 or 3 million in salary while saving money the following year when the tax hits a far more severe. So if it was something like Blake/Duhon/Clark and a 1st rounder for Calderon I doubt Lakers are gonna be worried that they are paying one PG 11 Million for a season instead of two PG’s 7.5 Million this season and 5.5 million next season for Blake and a waived Duhon. Only 1 PG is gonna get minutes behind Nash anyways Lakers have no use for both.

        As for why the Raptors do it. I don’t think anyone expects them to as this is a baseless rumor someone on twitter started. If you look at the Sessions trade where Lakers got a lottery team like the Cavs to take on more money in Luke Walton then the Raptors would take on for a 1st rounder then why completely discount this could happen? Lakers pulled off a better deal under a year ago for Sessions who is better then Calderon. Never said this would happen because I think this is a baseless rumor and have no idea how much the Raptors want to move Calderon. I don’t foresee the market for Calderon to be huge. I wouldn’t be surprised if next season Lakers amnesty Blake and cut Duhon and sign Calderon as a free agent to backup Nash.

  2. tsi431 - Oct 15, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Never count the Lakers out of any deal. History should not have to prove itself AGAIN.

    • money2long - Oct 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      but definitely count them out from any smush parker/kwame brown deals.

  3. 00maltliquor - Oct 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Calderon for Blake and Duhon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO IIIIIIIIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • money2long - Oct 16, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      sadly, this won’t ever happen lol. for one, after that memphis swindle for pau, every other GM is watch LA’s moves very closely. this wouldn’t fly.

      • 00maltliquor - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM

        Yeah for sure, this is the most pipe-iest of pipe dreams. No way on God’s green Earth would TOR hand the Lakers a gift like that, not that Jose is CP3 or anything, but he is mad underrated and unappriciated, but just to get rid of Blake would be enough for me to soil myself! BTW, are you a Knick fan or a Laker fan? Just curious…

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