theScore’s Jason Thom was at the Air Canada Centre on Monday and caught up with Jose Calderon, who says he did not ask for a trade and has enjoyed the great years or maybe not so great years he’s spent in Toronto.

Of course, Calderon will be playing on a nice sized expiring contract that will probably be attractive to teams looking for late-season point guard help without a large commitment, and Jose himself almost surely still wants to start, which won’t be happening in Toronto with Kyle Lowry around, so all signs still point to an eventual departure.

Having said that, if Calderon has a solid season backing up Lowry and there’s no worthwhile trade to be made, I wouldn’t mind seeing Jose come back on a more team-friendly contract as the leader of the Raptors’ bench.

Comments (10)

  1. The bench scoring is the most underrated improvement this year. Start Ross and bring Jose and DD off the bench. That’d be nice.

  2. Would’ve been nice to have Calderon, Barbosa, Ross, Davis and Val as a second unit for a while, plenty of scoring, passing, 3pt shot and defensive presence especially for a bench.

  3. Leandro is no longer a Raptor

  4. When the initial story came out about Calderon not being happy with the Lowry acquisition, the claim was that Calderon and/or his camp “would welcome a trade.” It’s all semantics, but I’m pretty sure Calderon would still welcome a trade in a contract year where he may not play more than 15 minutes a game (though Casey was talking about the possibility of playing Lowry and Jose together in spots). That said, he’s a pro and I don’t worry about him being a locker room cancer.

    • That’s what I was thinking. Not necessarily asking for a trade, but is open to the idea if it meant he could start somewhere else.

      Also, I don’t like the idea of Lowry and Calderon playing together on the court.

  5. Watched the interview last night and although Calderon said “I did not ask for a trade” when asked “so the speculation was not true” he replied again with “I did not ask for a trade” with a little more emphasis on “I” Which leads me to believe his agent was the one pushing for one…..but whether or not Calderon approved of the action….he’s technically right as he himself didn’t ask Raptors management for a trade.

  6. This idea that Calderon’s contract is valuable because it’s expiring is pure myth. In fact I think the fact that he’s got an expiring contract makes him LESS likely to be traded by Colangelo. There are four ways that Calderon could be used as a trade piece.

    The first is by sending him to a team with the cap room to absorb his contract (either fully or partially). The problem is that teams are not going to give up very much in these circumstances because they’re taking the contract on for the rest of the year, allowing the Raptors to save money. And since the other team is basically renting Calderon for half a year, they won’t want to give up much- think Barbosa to Indiana for a 2nd rounder.

    The second is by exchanging expiring contracts, which basically means a push. WOuld another expiring contract player be any better to the Raptors than Calderon? Probably not.

    The third is trading him for a longer contract, and possibly getting back something more valuable in exchange for a team looking for cap room. Colangelo has NEVER traded an expiring contract for a longer one and is not likely to do so now, since his #1 priority since he became GM of the Raptors is to gain “financial flexibility”, which makes little sense since he’s never been able to do much with it.

    The fourth, and most likely option, is to package Calderon is a bigger trade. The problem again,, though, is that Colangelo seems to be obsessed with having cap room next summer, so won’t want to give up any financial flexibility, unless he gets a star back, something unlikely to happen.

  7. CALDERON IS HORRIBLE AND OVER PAID….CAN’T WAIT! FOR HIM TO BE OUTTA HERE

    • “Horrible”? He’s been one of the most effective Raptors over the last few years and one of the few who have consistently been a positive influence on the court. Maybe your idea of horrible and mine are different.

      • OBVIOUSLY YOU DON’T BALL, IF YOU DID YOU WOULD KNOW HORRIBLE, THE GUY CAN NOT GUARD ANYONE, AS FOR POSITIVE INFLUENCE GIVE ME A BREAK….POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON WHO? THIS IS NOT THE EURO LEAGUE , IF YOU ARE A GUARD IN THE NBA YOU BETTER COME CORRECT….OH YEA OVER PAYED!

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