Jose Calderon has surfaced in new NBA trade rumors, possibly giving the Toronto Raptors a way to part with him that doesn't involve using the amnesty clause. According to ESPN, the Dallas Mavericks are interested in acquiring the veteran point guard and have engaged in talks with the Raptors to make it happen.
The representatives for Calderon would love to see the guard traded, especially after the Raptors brought in Kyle Lowry in a trade with the Houston Rockets. Lowry is expected to not just take away the starting role from Calderon, but most of the point guard minutes for the team going forward.
The tough part about moving Calderon is the $10.6 million salary he will earn in the 2012-13 NBA season. That becomes even harder for Dallas to swallow with the team having recently acquired Darren Collison from the Indiana Pacers. It seems like Dallas has no desperation to make this move, possibly revealing why the trade hasn't gone down yet.
It really looks like Calderon could help the Mavericks if there is a way for the Raptors to take back some salary in the deal. If Toronto is really intent on parting ways with Calderon for nothing (releasing him or waiving him), then maybe the team doesn't need substantial assets to come back from Dallas.
Do you think that Jose Calderon could become a great asset for the Dallas Mavericks? Should the Toronto Raptors explore other NBA trade rumors and not simply take spare parts from Dallas in a trade?