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Thread: Who wants Jose

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    If you look around the league, it's not easy to find the perfect trade fit for Toronto's veteran point guard Jose Calderon. As a player in the final year of a deal that pays him $10.56 million this season, you have to figure that any trade partner would likely have to fit the following criteria:
    A contending team that's willing to roll the dice on what could be only a few month's worth of Calderon.
    A team with an expendable player, preferably a SG, SF or C, who they could offer as a centerpiece in return.

    Lets take a look at some possibilities, shall we?

    Indiana's Danny Granger is rumored to be on the block. The Pacers have played well without him this season, he's due to earn over $14 million next season, and Paul George's emergence makes him more expendable, but Indy would probably want more than an expiring contract with no guarantees beyond this season.

    Utah is another obvious possibility, given the Jazz's gaping hole at point guard with Mo Williams expected to be sidelined through mid-to-late February. The problem is that Utah doesn't have much more than the expiring contracts of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap (not a fit) to offer in return, unless the Raptors would be up for something like Marvin Williams ($7.5 million player option in 2013-14) and young swingman Alec Burks.

    Dallas, Detroit and maybe even a team like Milwaukee could be other options. The Mavericks lack the trade chips, but need help at the point, while the Pistons and Bucks both have pieces to deal but aren't serious contenders.

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    I fear that this is where not having a future 1st round pick to offer in trade could come back to bite the Raptors.

    I wonder if Calderon & 1st round pick (or possibly 2 x 2nd round picks) & possibly Anderson/Pietrus (veteran 3pt shooting) might be enough to target Granger or Millsap. Without a 1st round pick, I seriously doubt it. With one, things could get interesting, but the Raps would need to acquire one in another deal first.

    The other group of teams to be considered would be those looking to dump salary, similar to what Memphis did with Cleveland. Toronto would have to be willing to take back average/bad contracts, in order to provide the other team with cap relief. That could be an opportunity to pickup a draft pick as well.

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    Quote CalgaryRapsFan wrote: View Post
    I fear that this is where not having a future 1st round pick to offer in trade could come back to bite the Raptors.

    I wonder if Calderon & 1st round pick (or possibly 2 x 2nd round picks) & possibly Anderson/Pietrus (veteran 3pt shooting) might be enough to target Granger or Millsap. Without a 1st round pick, I seriously doubt it. With one, things could get interesting, but the Raps would need to acquire one in another deal first.

    The other group of teams to be considered would be those looking to dump salary, similar to what Memphis did with Cleveland. Toronto would have to be willing to take back average/bad contracts, in order to provide the other team with cap relief. That could be an opportunity to pickup a draft pick as well.
    I'd rather give up a future 1st round for Lowry than package one with Calderon. At least the Raps have a starting PG coming off the bench as it is now. Also, in the case of Millsap, he could leave after less than 35 games with nothing to show. At least Lowry has another year guaranteed.
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    I'd rather give up a future 1st round for Lowry than package one with Calderon. At least the Raps have a starting PG coming off the bench as it is now. Also, in the case of Millsap, he could leave after less than 35 games with nothing to show. At least Lowry has another year guaranteed.
    I think its much more likely that if Calderon is traded, especially in a small deal with him being a central piece, it would be a draft pick or package (bad contract & better draft pick) coming back to Toronto.

    I also wouldn't be surprised (or overly disappointed) if Calderon stays with the Raps throughout the year and possibly even re-signs. The only part of me that would be a little upset is the part that is in favor of asset maximization, which would push for a trade (for any positive return) as well as a re-signing in the offseason.

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    A few quick notes:

    1 - Can't see the Bucks as a contender. They have Jennings to deal with, and have Udrih as a backup and Ellis playing the point for the bench unit as well at times. They basically go three deep at PG already.

    2 - Dallas always has something up their sleeve. If any team without an "obvious" trade is in the market, they are the one. More so, they want the flexibility. I have a feeling Lowry would be their pick if they could