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From the moment the Toronto Raptors traded for Kyle Lowry in the offseason, Jose Calderon's days with the franchise have been numbered.
However, general manager Bryan Colangelo was not able to make a move, which means this situation will last into the 2012-13 season. On the bright side, it seems that the team is keeping things on the up-and-up with its (ostensibly) former starting point guard.
Here is what Calderon said via Marca.com (translated via Google Translate):
It's true that they have said that I'm an important player for them this season, because they have thought of me like that from the beginning. However, Bryan (Colangelo) has said that I'm a candidate to be traded because I have a big contract and it's my last year. They have talked about this more than anything else.
Despite never becoming a perennial All-Star that some have hoped, Calderon is a solid shooter and is one of the five best open-court passers in the league. Considering his talent level and attractiveness as an expiring contract, it's a little shocking that some team hasn't made an amenable offer.
Nonetheless, expect the team and Calderon to continue walking the company line with niceties, but it's all just a front until an inevitable deal is completed.