The veteran point guard was dealt to the Detroit pistons in a three-team trade headlined by Rudy Gay on January 30. Before being dangled, Calderon spent about 7.5 years with the Raptors, averaging 9.9 points and 7.2 assists in 28.4 minutes per game.
Calderon has never averaged more than 13 points per game and is considered to be a defensive liability, but his leadership and play-making abilities surface as his most valuable traits. The inexperienced Kings could use a taste of those qualities.
Here’s an excerpt from the Hoops Hype report, explaining the details:
Owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D’Alessandro, head coach Mike Malone and Chris Mullin will be at the meeting with the Spanish guard, who returned to the United States yesterday. His stay in the country will be short as Calderon will be back in Spain in just a couple of days.
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Calderon’s role in Sacramento would be as a backup, as Isaiah Thomas seems to be the point guard of the future. Tyreke Evans, if the Kings match the New Orleans Pelicans‘ lofty offer sheet, is projected to be their starting two-guard with Marcus Thornton backing him up. Jimmer Fredette is also in the mix for minutes under new head coach Mike Malone.