Thursday, July 12, 2012
Sources: Mavs, Raptors discuss Calderon trade
By Marc Stein
Well aware the Toronto Raptors have no plans to release him via the amnesty clause, representatives for veteran guard Jose Calderon have informed the Raptors that Calderon welcomes their attempts to trade him, according to sources close to the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com that Calderon, while undeniably attached to the city of Toronto after spending his entire six-year NBA there, is hoping the Raptors can find a trade home for him now that newly acquired Kyle Lowry is already penciled in as coach Dwane Casey's new starting point guard.
The Raptors, sources say, are open to a trade but want to send Calderon to a team with salary-cap space that can absorb the Spaniard's $10.6 million salary, thereby creating a trade exception for Toronto and giving them added financial flexibility for further moves.
Sources say the Raptors and Dallas Mavericks have discussed various Calderon trade scenarios this week. But Dallas, longstanding fans of Calderon, has put those talks on hold until it knows how much of its salary-cap space is needed to win the amnesty bidding for former Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand, who will be awarded to the highest bidder among teams with cap room when Brand clears waivers at 5 p.m. Friday after his amnesty release this week by the Sixers.