Toronto Raptors: Jose Calderon's Price Trumps His Value to the Team
Jose Calderon's highest value to the Toronto Raptors at this point is in how much the team could land in trading him
The Toronto Raptors are an awful team with no hope of improving as currently constituted. The way that bad teams move up is by making great draft choices, not overpaying for players and striking while the trade market is prime.
That third option requires a good trade chip or two. Jose Calderon is the best the Raptors have because he is a pure NBA point guard with experience and a proven track record. His remaining $20 million for two years is not palatable, but will hardly stop a covetous general manager from acquiring him.
The Raptors need to go with the youth movement, which includes Ed Davis, Amir Johnson, DeMar Derozan, Jerryd Bayless and whoever they land with the No. 5 pick. They have enough leadership in veterans Andrea Bargnani and Linas Kleiza, so Calderon's experience is less vital.
Jay Triano should hand the keys to an already terrible team to the young Bayless, let him learn on the job and own the court.
What does Toronto have to lose?
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