Jose Calderon Trade Destinations
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Andre Iguodala has been on the block for a while and the Sixers loaded up on wings this summer, picking up Moe Harkless, Nick Young and Dorell Wright. Iguodala was linked into the Raptors in a rumour that would send Jose Calderon and DeMar DeRozan to Philadelphia, however GM Rod Thorn denied it.
The Sixers lost Lou Williams to the Atlanta Hawks and donít have a capable backup for Jrue Holiday. DeMar DeRozan also is heading into a contract year and the Raptors invested their 2012 8th overall selection in Terrence Ross, who he does serve as insurance in case DeRozan gets moved in a trade.
This is a deal that could possibly be revisited during the trade deadline depending how the first half of the 2012-13 season plays out.
New Orleans Hornets
The Hornets are trying to convert Austin Rivers into a point guard and their efforts have been met with mixed results. Rivers is a gifted scorer in isolation situations, however struggles to create for others. He has primarily played shooting guard over his career and switching to a new position at the NBA level is no easy task. The point guard position is the hardest position to learn in the league.
The only Hornet capable of playing point is Greivis Vasquez, who was a pleasant surprise last season, but is more of a combo-guard. With scorers like Eric Gordon and athletes like Anthony Davis, Jose Calderon would be the perfect distributor for the Hornets.
A possible trade would involve Brad Millerís non-guaranteed contract, cap hit of only $848,000 if waived prior to July 30, and salary filler like Xavier Henry, who has been a large disappointment since he step foot into the NBA.
The pieces coming back are not going to improve the team on the court, but by waiving Millerís guaranteed portion of his contract, the Raptors can create cap room to sign another free agent. They would receive immediate cap savings of over $7 million with this trade.
Andrei Kirilenko has announced his intentions of playing in the NBA next season, and despite his age, he would be an upgrade over the current batch of small forwards in Toronto.
San Antonio Spurs
Like the Mavericks, Heat and the Lakers, the Spurs did have interest in Calderon, but only if he was waived through the amnesty provision. The deadline has passed however a deal could still be had.
Despite signing French combo-guard Nando De Colo, the Spurs are still looking for a point guard to play behind Tony Parker. They were seriously interested in Bo McCalebb, a star in Macedonia and the Euroleague, but due to his buyout, the team canít sign him.
A possible trade would involve Stephen Jackson, who is included for salary matching purposes, and Pickering, Ont. native Cory Joseph, who the Raptors were targeting at the 2011 NBA Draft. Joseph has played very well in the NBDL last season and earned All-Star honours for his strong performance at the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League.
Jacksonís disruptive attitude would be a cause for concern, but the team could always handle him the way the Chicago Bulls handled Tim Thomas during the 2005-06 regular season. Sending him home would give him more time to work on his rap career.
Worst case scenario, the Raptors can just waive him or try to move him to a third team. His expiring contract would be very useful during the trade deadline.
The Cavaliers have not replaced Sessionsí vacant spot since he was moved to the Lakers this past season. Calderon for Omri Casspi and Luke Walton works under the trade rules.
Casspi, despites his struggles last season in Cleveland, has shot 37 percent from the three-point line in his first two seasons at Sacramento. Dwane Casey has routinely emphasized the need for having shooters in his offense and Casspi figures to be a good fit.
Walton is trade filler and he is on the last year of his contract. His expiring contract could be used as part of a bigger package during the trade deadline.