Calderon went for 14 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three rebounds and one assist over 19 minutes in Saturday's 107-90 win over the Grizzlies. The 12-year veteran has seen his minutes bump up after each of the last two games, as he's been increasingly incorporated into the rotation following his late February arrival from the Lakers. Saturday's output was by far Calderon's best in a Hawks uniform, as he'd gone scoreless and notched two points in the two previous contests in which he was active. Despite his advanced age, Calderon might represent fresh legs for the stretch run for coach Mike Budenholzer, considering he was out of the Lakers' rotation altogether for a notable portion of the season prior to the trade.
Calderon will be in uniform for Sunday's game against the Pacers, but isn't expected to play outside of an emergency situation, Chris Vivalmore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Mike Dunleavy (ankle) and Ryan Kelly (coach's decision) will be the Hawks' two inactives, but since Calderon hasn't had an opportunity to practice with his new team after being claimed off waivers Saturday, it's likely that Atlanta will go with Dennis Schroder and Malcolm Delaney as their primary point guards. Even once he has a chance to gain some familiarity with his new team, Calderon may not be able to displace Delaney as Schroder's top backup, potentially leaving him outside of the rotation most games. It appears the 35-year-old may only act as an insurance option at point guard in the event of an injury to either Schroder or Delaney.
Calderon was claimed off waivers by the Hawks on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. The veteran was let go by the Lakers last week and initially had an agreement to join the Warriors, but the team ultimately opted to go in another direction following the injury to Kevin Durant (knee). The Warriors still honored their prior agreement with Calderon and signed him for the rest of the season before immediately placing him on waivers again, and it appears he'll now have a permanent home with the Hawks, though he'll no longer be eligible for the postseason. At 35 years old, Calderon's best years are in the rear-view mirrors, but he's lauded as a strong veteran presence and is a career 41.1 percent shooter from beyond the arc. Expect Calderon to serve as the Hawks' third point guard, likely seeing most of his minutes in garbage time situations. Per Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Calderon is expected to be in uniform Sunday against the Pacers, but it's unclear if he'll see the floor.
Calderon is expected to sign with the Hawks after clearing waivers Saturday, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports. Calderon was waived by the Lakers on Monday and was initially scheduled to sign with the Warriors for the rest of the season upon clearing waivers, but that plan fell through after Golden State ruled out Kevin Durant (knee) for multiple weeks when he was injured in Tuesday's game. The Warriors still honored their agreement to sign Calderon on Wednesday and pay him what he would have received for the rest of the season, before immediately waiving him to use their 15th roster spot on free agent Matt Barnes. Calderon is once again in limbo while he waits to clear waivers, but it appears the Hawks, who only have two true point guards on the roster in Dennis Schroder and Malcolm Delaney, have a need for his services. Calderon, who averaged 3.3 points, 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game over 24 appearances with the Lakers, will likely serve as the Hawks' third-string point guard and figures to be excluded from the rotation more often than not.
Calderon is expected to sign a contract with the Warriors for the rest of the season once he clears waivers at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, but will be waived immediately thereafter, ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Chris Haynes reports. With no place in the rebuilding Lakers' plans and the desire to join a contending club, Calderon requested his release from Los Angeles last week, and the two sides were able to move towards a buyout once it became known the league-best Warriors were interested in bringing him in to fill their vacant roster spot. However, after All-Star Kevin Durant suffered a hyperextended left knee in Tuesday's loss to the Wizards that could threaten his availability for the rest of the season, adding depth at forward suddenly became more of a priority for the Warriors, who will now forgo signing Calderon and instead bring in veteran Matt Barnes to slot in as the 15th man on the roster. Because the Lakers had already waived Calderon on Monday, the Warriors decided to honor their earlier agreement with the point guard, so he'll still earn what he would have received for the rest of the season before becoming an unrestricted free agent.
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