Calderon has been traded to the Lakers, Adrian Wojnarowski of TheVertical.com reports. Calderon is scheduled to earn $7.7 million in the final season of his contract. The move by the Bulls to ship the veteran point guard is likely a cap-clearing maneuver in the wake of Wednesday night's Dwayne Wade signing, in which the Bulls will owe $47 over the next two years. Calderon is getting up there in age at 34, and with an up-and-coming D'Angelo Russell and a re-signed Jordan Clarkson carrying the weight in the backcourt, it will be tough for Calderon to carve a role in the Lakers' rotation. The veteran averaged 7.6 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.2 rebounds in 2015-16.
Calderon was traded Wednesday to the Bulls along with Jerian Grant and Robin Lopez in exchange for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. A lack of other experienced options at point guard resulted in Calderon started 72 games for the Knicks last season, but he was one of the league's least effective regulars at the position, averaging just 7.6 points (on 45.9% shooting from the field), 4.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers and 0.9 steals across 28.1 minutes per contest. With Rose getting sent to the Knicks in the trade and E'Twaun Moore and Aaron Brooks set to become free agents this offseason, the Bulls have an opening in the starting five at point guard, but don't expect Calderon to receive the sort of leash that he enjoyed in New York. The second-year Grant, who played behind Calderon as a rookie, could quickly surpass the veteran on the depth chart as the Bulls look toward the future, and it's also conceivable that the Bulls could draft a point guard or add one through free agency to serve as their starter at the position.
Calderon (quad) will not play in Tuesday's season finale against the Pacers, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports. A bruised right quad will keep Calderon out for a sixth consecutive game as the Knicks limp to the end of the regular season. Expect coach Kurt Rambis to again go with the backcourt pairing of Jerian Grant and Sasha Vujacic in the finale.
Calderon (quad) remains listed as day-to-day. Coach Kurt Rambis commented Wednesday that Calderon is "improving," but at this point it remains unclear whether the point guard will be back on the floor this season. The Knicks have just three games remaining on the schedule after Wednesday's matchup with the Hornets and the team has long been eliminated from the playoff chase.
Calderon (quad) didn't practice Tuesday, Fred Kerber of the New York Post reports. With Calderon unable to get back on the practice floor, he's probably doubtful at best to play Wednesday against the Heat. Time is running out for Calderon to return before the end of the season, and there's little incentive as it is for the Knicks to play the point guard anyway with the team eliminated from playoff contention. Jerian Grant and Langston Galloway will continue to benefit from added minutes as long as Calderon is sidelined.
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