Will Raptors Move Jose Calderon to Make Serious Offer to Wilson Chandler?

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IFebruary 24, 2012

Jose Calderon.
Jose Calderon.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Toronto Raptors are one team that has expressed their interest in adding small forward Wilson Chandler, a restricted free agent belonging to the Denver Nuggets, to their roster in the near future.

However in order to make a decent offer the Raptors may have to make a move to free up some cap space so they can make an offer that the Nuggets may think hard about matching.

Chandler is awaiting FIBA clearance, which is expected to come any day. He will look to join a team as soon as possible. If the Raptors want to make an offer they have until March 1, which is only a few days away.

One player that has been rumored to possibly be on the move is Raptors' starting point guard Jose Calderon, who has spent his entire seven-year NBA career in Canada.

Calderon has been averaging 11.0 points and 8.9 assists per game this season, and according to head coach Dwane Casey, there has been interest in Calderon on the trade market.

One team that has been looking to possibly bring in a guard has been the Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers also possess a valued trade exception worth close to $8.9 million that was obtained from Dallas in the Lamar Odom trade before the start of the NBA season.

The Raptors could acquire that trade exception from the Lakers and use it to their advantage to make an offer to Chandler, who would give the Raptors a much-needed threat.

The Raptors have struggled on the offensive end as Andrea Bargnani has been out of the lineup due to a calf injury; Bargnani is expected back sometime after All-Star Weekend.

If the Raptors are keen on bringing in Chandler, then they may be spending a lot of time on the telephone starting this weekend. More trade talks could be slowly taking place as the trade deadline approaches.