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Thread: Jose Watch 2012: Colangelo hints Jose will not be amnestied (#46)

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    Default Jose Watch 2012: Colangelo hints Jose will not be amnestied (#46)

    I always thought Mo Pete was going to be a "Raptors Lifer", as in playing his entire career with the Raptors but then he plateaued, then he regressed, then he couldn't accept his new reality, then he no longer fit the team and then he was moved. Fans have been on again, off again about their loyaty to Calderon for years now but honestly, he has the best shot at being the first Raptors Lifer and here's why.


    • He's still got a lot left in the tank.
    • He's humble and a team player.
    • He likes being a leader.
    • He wants to win and the Raptors could be on the dawn of a golden era.
    • The Raptors are in need of a solid veteran PG and no legit successor to Calderon is in view.


    Just like Mo Pete, things could change for Calderon and the Raptors, making them incompatible going forward. They also need to get over the hurdle of 2013 free agency if he's here then but I think he will be. As for the 2012-13 season, this puts it into perspective:
    Calderon’s future is a topic of debate among fans, but no one connected with the team has suggested they’re looking to move him. He’ll be 32 years old when the 2012-13 season opens with one year and just over $10 million left on his deal. With no successor on the roster, and coach Casey not enthralled with the thought of a rookie point guard for his team even if one could be found in a guard-thin draft, there’s no reason to think Calderon won’t play out his deal.
    Source: thestar.com

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    The other thing going for Jose is that instead of holding on for and extra couple of years in the NBA and bouncing from team to team, he can go back to Spain and play out the twilight of his career when ready.

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    There is one difference between Mo & Jose....the contract...Mo never had the "big" contract and as I remember it the Raps were not prepared to pay the asking price for his extension. When F/agency came he got money he couldnt pass up...cannot blame him and frankly the Raptors as well. It was an amicable parting.

    It would be terrific if Jose stayed but his current contract is a bit onerous considering what the team is doing and the new reality of a stiffer cap. This has probably been the big negative with fans who wouldnt mind to see him traded etc. If he is able to temper his money needs in the next deal we should seriously consider keeping him...at least for a couple of years say on a 3 yr extension. Or, if it is possible maybe it could be arranged to get him off the books sometime next year and get something for him in a trade to a deep playoff team and then resign him as a f/a. AFter that he would probably ready to go back to Spain when he is in the 35-36 age area and the Raps in a good place

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    I think/hope that Calderon could very well become the first Raptors lifer. If the Raps can draft/sign a young pass-first PG-of-the-future, Calderon would be a fantastic mentor and eventual backup. I could see him signing a 2-3 year extension in the $4-6M range. If the Raps couldn't get enough value for him at the trade deadline, I doubt they'd get significantly more this year.

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    Quote Bendit wrote: View Post
    There is one difference between Mo & Jose....the contract...Mo never had the "big" contract and as I remember it the Raps were not prepared to pay the asking price for his extension. When F/agency came he got money he couldnt pass up...cannot blame him and frankly the Raptors as well. It was an amicable parting.
    Mo Pete had a worse contract than Jose Calderon when you consider level of play in the back ends of their deals. Calderon's contract is a non-issue. He has one year left.

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    Mo Pete had a worse contract than Jose Calderon when you consider level of play in the back ends of their deals. Calderon's contract is a non-issue. He has one year left.
    Mo Pete's contract in Toronto or New Orleans?