Toronto Raptors have chance to trade Jose Calderon
The debate over whether or not to trade Jose Calderon is sure to be a controversial one, but when teams start to show interest in your 30 year old point guard who makes $9.781 million this year and $10.562 million the next, you listen…hard, especially when that contract has a 15% trade kicker.
It was just last year following Michael Jordan and Larry Brown’s refusal to take Jose Calderon, that Jose’s contract was considered toxic and pretty much unmoveable. Fast forward to this season and the Toronto Sun, ESPN and the Globe and Mail are all reporting that there is significant interest in Jose around the league.
Trading Jose will be hard for some to fathom as many do not believe that Jerryd Bayless is ready for a full-time starters job, but let us all remember that Bayless was fantastic last season in 14 starts at point guard with 18.1 points, 6.7 assists, 1 steal and 1.2 threes per game on .467% shooting.
Holding onto a 30-year old point guard who is not in the teams future plans makes little to no sense, but Bryan Colangelo has not always been the most sensible person in his tenure as Toronto Raptors general manager.
Trading Calderon would also potentially help us to a couple more losses this season which is significant as the draft standings are more important than the conference standings this year.
The Lakers, owners of two late first round picks come to mind as a possible trading partner as they have a $8.9 million dollar trade exception. A package including Devin Ebanks and two late first round picks should be enough for Colangelo to release his death grip on his aging point guard.
Trading Jose Calderon will not be a simple matter as the Raptors will need to look to maximize their return, but the question of whether or not to trade a point guard on the wrong side of 30 who also happens to be among the worst defenders in the league at any position, should be a no-brainer.
Let’s hope Bryan Colangelo uses his.
Raju Byfield is a Senior Sports Writer for Raptors Digest.
Raju Byfield also writes for Win My Fantasy League as a Senior Sports Writer/Fantasy Sports Analyst.