Jose Calderon's name has surfaced as a possible amnesty candidate a few times this offseason, but according to Raptors president Bryan Colangelo, the team doesn't expect to amnesty Calderon or anyone else this week. While Colangelo acknowledged that Calderon wasn't "thrilled" about the trade that brought Kyle Lowry to Toronto, he still views him as a valuable piece on the roster, as Eric Koreen of the National Post writes. Colangelo confirmed that a few teams have inquired on Calderon, and Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld writes that a trade is much more likely than an amnesty. Here are a few more notes from Kyler's HoopsWorld piece:
- Sources tell Kyler that the Magic may be letting Dwight Howard and his camp "stew" on his situation for a little while in hopes that he'll add more teams to his wish list. Kyler hears that the Clippers and Warriors are the darkhorses to land D12, while the Lakers, Hawks, and Rockets remain in the mix.
- The Spurs are looking for a taker for DeJuan Blair, and the 76ers could be a match, says Kyler, though Sixers president Rod Thorn told Tom Moore of PhillyBurbs.com his team wasn't interested in the Spurs forward (Twitter link). Kyler adds that a Blair trade, whether it's with Philadelphia or another club, is "probable."
- Restricted free agent D.J. Augustin is seeking a team where he could play a major role. While reports yesterday indicated that the Pacers have interest, Indiana just re-signed George Hill to a long-term deal to start at point guard, so that may not be an ideal situation for Augustin.