When the Toronto Raptors traded for Kyle Lowry earlier this month, it meant Jose Calderon would no longer be the starting point guard. Calderon has spent all seven of his NBA seasons with Toronto, but he would be more valuable if he joined another team.
Jose will be attractive to teams because of his passing ability, shooting and his expiring contract which exceeds $10 million. Calderon is a talented player and the Raptors should be able to get back something decent in return. Here are five teams who might be interested in him.
With the addition of Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor to the starting line-up, Washington will have a shot of making the playoffs in the 2012-13 season. However, they still need to add a dependable back-up point guard to their roster.
While John Wall is a very talented player, he is an atrocious three pointer shooter, making just 7.1% of his shots behind the arc last season. Calderon would give them leadership and three point shooting to a talented but inexperienced team.
Possible trade: Jose Calderon for Trevor Booker plus another player in sign-and-trade.
The Kings have a lot of player who are willing to score, but very few who are willing to pass. Calderon would keep DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton happy as the Spanish point guard averaged 8.8 assists per game.
Jimmer Fredette gives Toronto a young back-up point guard who is an excellent shooter and John Salmons could play shooting guard if DeMar DeRozan moves over to small forward.
Possible trade: Jose Calderon for John Salmons and Jimmer Fredette
While Portland drafted Damian Lillard with the sixth pick in the draft, they may not want to rush him into the starting lineup. Trading for a veteran point guard like Calderon would make sense as Lillard could ease into his role.
The Blazers would likely have to part with a couple of their young players such as Luke Babbitt, Nolan Smith or Elliot Williams. A package with two of those players would probably satisfy Bryan Colangelo, especially Smith who would fill in nicely off the bench at point guard.
Possible trade: Jose Calderon for Luke Babbitt, Nolan Smith and/or Elliot Williams and an additional player in sign-and-trade.
New Orleans drafted Austin Rivers to be their future point guard, but he showed in Summer League he is much more capable at shooting guard. Calderon could step in and play point guard right away for the Hornets, but the price would be steep.
The one player who would really interest Toronto is Al-Farouq Aminu. While he has yet to find his game in the NBA, Aminu has a tremendous amount of potential and still has time to reach it. Toronto would love to have a long, athletic small forward on their roster after trading James Johnson to the Kings.
Possible trade: Jose Calderon for Al-Farouq Aminu and Brad Miller
The Cavaliers have yet to address their need for a back-up point guard after they traded Ramon Sessions to the Los Angeles Lakers in March. Jose Calderon would help lead a young second unit consisting of Samardo Samuels, Tyler Zeller and Donald Sloan.
Omri Cassipi gives the Raptors a small forward and Luke Walton’s expiring contract will allow Toronto to go after someone big next season. Toronto would still need to find someone else to play back-up point guard for them but they should not pass on the opportunity to get Casspi.
Possible trade: Jose Calderon for Omri Casspi and Luke Walton.