Pistons Open To Re-Signing Jose Calderon

February 1 2013 at 2:15pm CST By Luke Adams

2:15pm: Pistons president Joe Dumars confirmed today that the Pistons have "interest in staying with" Calderon beyond this season, tweets Ellis.

9:22am: Jose Calderon has yet to make his debut in a Pistons uniform, but that doesn't mean the team isn't already considering his future in Detroit beyond this season. A Pistons source tells Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press that the club is open to trying to re-sign Calderon this summer, adding that the point guard's playmaking ability could benefit rookie big man Andre Drummond.

By sending Tayshaun Prince to Memphis and taking on Calderon's expiring contract in the Rudy Gay deal, the Pistons created even more potential cap space this summer, when Corey Maggette, Jason Maxiell, and Will Bynum will all come off the books along with Calderon. But while the Pistons could have an excess of cap room, they're unlikely to be players for elite free agents, meaning targets like Calderon make sense at reasonable prices.

Even though the team has Brandon Knight on board as well, the Pistons' interest in keeping Calderon past this season makes sense, given previous reports. When news of Detroit's involvement in the Gay deal broke, ESPN.com's Marc Stein noted that the Pistons had long been interested in the Spaniard, having chased him all season.

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