December 3, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon (8) during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 113-110. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
According to sources, the Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies are close to making a trade that would send Rudy Gay to the Raptors. Talks have dwindled down recently because of the struggle to finding a third team to take Jose Calderon.
The Houston Rockets should become that third team. I can’t imagine it would take much to bring Calderon to Houston. Toney Douglas could be a player dealt. He has played well as the backup point guard but he has been inconsistent all season long. Any of the rookies and future draft picks is tradable as well.
A player like Calderon would pay dividends to a young, turnover-prone basketball team. Houston has trouble taking care of the ball. James Harden and Jeremy Lin combined average nearly 7 turnovers per game. That’s entirely way too high for a starting backcourt in this league.
This season, Calderon, 31, is averaging 7.4 assists per game while only turning the ball over 1.7 times. He would be a great mentor for Lin, who is still in the early stages of his NBA career and still learning the game.
Calderon is also an exceptional shooter. He can light it up from the three-point line like he has done against Houston on numerous occasions. He shoots nearly 43% from the three and can space the floor out which leaves more room for Harden to operate.
Daryl Morey has come out and said recently that he doesn’t intend to make a deal at the trade deadline but he should definitely consider Calderon. He brings veteran leadership, great playmaking abilities, and with this being the last year of his contract, it won’t impact the Rockets cap space this offseason.