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Report: Raptors considering trading Calderon

Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:36 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 10:46 am
By Matt Moore

The Raptors are in a tailspin without Andrea Bargnani, and they had pretty low expectations coming into this season anyway. As they continue to rebuild towards a younger core, it looks like they're ready to make a major step in that direction they've resisted for a good, long time. ESPN reports that the Raptors are interested in moving Jose Calderon, for the right price. From  
In a recent interview with the Spanish newspaper Marca, Raptors point guard Jose Calderon didnt deny that he'd "like to have the opportunity to compete for something.

That doesn't mean he's poised to ask for a trade -- "I dont think so, that's not me, that's not my personality," Calderon said -- but the 30-year-old left the undeniable sense that he wouldn't oppose a move away from the rebuilding Raps if the opportunity materializes.

You can safely assume, meanwhile, that the Raps feel the same way. Sources with knowledge of Torontos thinking say that the team is not just going to give Calderon away, especially when hes back to supplying a typically efficient 10.6 points and 8.7 assists nightly, but Im told that the Raps are indeed open to moving him.

via Weekend Dime -- Views From The Professional Watchers - ESPN.

Calderon is a veteran point guard who can run an offense and shoot efficiently. Even if he's not in the top half of point guards in the league, that's still a terrific skill set on the market. Establishing his price will be tricky for Bryan Colangelo. It's too bad the Knicks have already given up every asset possible in trades, because he would serve as an upgrade over Baron Davis and a major upgrade over Toney Douglas. But there will be other teams shopping for Calderon, as injuries pile up and teams start stocking up for playoff runs. 

Calderon's efficiency is really key, here. He's able to hit the mid-range jumper off the pick and roll and nail perimeter shots. He can be absolutely en fuego if things are clicking for the team. He doesn't have any major injury issues and he's a solid locker room guy.

So, yeah, expect Colangelo to get quite a few calls before the deadline. If he can pick up a draft pick or a young player for Calderon, it'll be a nice win for both sides.


Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:32 pm

Report: Raptors considering trading Calderon

 because he would serve as an upgrade over

In what parallel dimension?

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:52 pm

Report: Raptors considering trading Calderon

Calderon has been a huge bust in Toronto. He has been oft injured, his D is suspect and overall he plays better internationally than in the NBA. It would be a coup for Toronto to get rid of him.

That being said, in Toronto he has been surrounded by a mediocre lineup. The one thing he could do well is get the ball into the hands of Kobe/ Gasol; Anthony/ Amare or any other high end players.

Any team looking for him to be the show should forget it. Anyone looking for Jose to support the show should take a look.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:47 pm

Report: Raptors considering trading Calderon

RickyRiches-  I...I dont know what to say... this may be the first time you and i have ever agreed on something!

LAKERS go get this guy NOW!  If they can pull it off without gicing up Bynum or Pau (which i think they cant) then we are golden! 

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:41 pm

Report: Raptors considering trading Calderon

 If the Lakers had any sense they'd be picking up the phone right now. Sure, he's not a top 10 PG, prob top 15, but he's a huge step up from Fisher IMO. Calderon would be a big upgrade for a Lakers squad that is severely lacking a PG.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:39 pm

Report: Raptors considering trading Calderon

As the article already stated, there is not enough in the bank for the knicks to give up. We need a second pick next year and a second or third pick in 2014.

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:35 pm

Report: Raptors considering trading Calderon

Knicks really need to go after him or Ramon Sessions. Baron Davis is likely not the answer to anything.

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