Free agency has begun and as the Toronto Raptors have their sights set on signing Phoenix Suns free agent Steve Nash, current Raptors guard Jose Calderon might be amnestied according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com (H/T Air Alamo).
In his article, Stein writes that the Los Angeles Lakers will have their eyes on Calderon because they'd like to pair him with fellow Spaniard Pau Gasol. Well, Stein also reports that the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are also two teams that would intrigue Calderon if he was amnestied by the Raptors.
Miami and San Antonio are two more teams known to intrigue Calderon if he gets the chance to pick his next destination.
Stein's reports also says Calderon would like to follow Argentinian forward Luis Scola if he's traded from the Houston Rockets. There's a few ways to look at the Calderon rumors involving the Spurs, such as how much could the Spurs offer him and would he be fine playing for a contract that was possibly a lot less than he was looking for? Are the Spurs even interested in his services?
One would think he'd fit in well with the Spurs' run-and-gun international type of offense and he'd also be a reliable backup point guard to Tony Parker. Plus, Calderon would really take a lot of the load off of Parker as he could start on nights when the Spurs needed to rest Parker.
Free agency is just beginning and more rumors and news will start coming out in the following days. Free agents aren't allowed to sign contracts with teams until July 11. For those in the Calderon camp, the first thing to do is to see if Nash signs with Toronto.
i agree with you aamador steve nash would be the perfect fit in SA especially with our bench (if we keep them). imagine steve nash playing with boris again, having stephen jackson on the wing gary neal waiting with a loaded trigger maybe the red rocket would be awake in the playoffs i love just thinking about it can you tell??
the calderon move I think would be alright but that isn't the move that would really help us out in the long run, it might look good sometimes but, and no offense to jose, I've never really been completely sold with calderon. maybe its because he's never really had a good team around him but thats just me (although he does pass the ball well) we'll see... but if the spurs re-sign patty mills eventually do we really need another point guard??
I would love to get him, but I doubt Steve Nash wants to go to Toronto. His plan is to win before he retires. What SHOULD happen is, Steve should sign with us. We can monitor minutes, he can run our bench, which would be awesome. Also, our bench isn't a traditional bench. Our bench gets a lot of play. Just mull it over and you'll see it true. I know the goal is to transition to the future, but I think that's already happening with green, kawhi, splitter, and so on. Pick up a few key players on the way, and we're good.
@24writer I would like Calderon in the black & silver a lot. Think he wouldn't mind being a back-up?
@24writer if Tyrus Thomas gets amnesty would you expect spurs to pursue him? If I recall spurs inquired about him a few yrs ago.