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When the Toronto Raptors traded for Kyle Lowry earlier in the offseason, it marked the end of Jose Calderon's tenure as the team's starting point guard.
While Calderon does have excellent court vision—as evidenced by the 8.8 assists per game that he averaged in the 2012 season—he is a liability on the defensive end of the court.
Unfortunately for Calderon, defense is emphasized in Dwane Casey's scheme, which puts the 30-year-old point guard behind the eight-ball.
Earlier in the offseason, it was rumored and reported by AOLSportingnews.com that Calderon wasn't happy in Toronto and wanted to be traded. It makes sense that Calderon wouldn't be happy coming off the bench, especially if he considers himself to be a starting point guard in the NBA.
Although he may be saying it just to tide things over, Calderon has stated that he is happy in Toronto and wants to win with the organization.
According to Slam.com writer Steve Buffery, Calderon said the following about his current situation with the Raptors:
I’m really happy here. I know during the summer there was a lot of (talk). Everybody was talking about a lot of crazy things that maybe wasn’t ... 100% true. I’m happy here. I’ve been here seven years. I’ve been up and down. We’ve had great years and not (so) great years, and I want to win with this team. So that’s what everything’s about. I want to win with this team.
Calderon is set to make $10.5 million this season, which may make spending a little more time on the bench look a little better.
It would be a surprise to see Calderon moved prior to the season, due to his bloated one-year contract. That being said, if a starting point guard goes down with an injury in training camp or at the start of the regular season, Calderon could be acquired as a serviceable replacement.