Jose Calderon and the Pistons will play the point guard's old team tonight for the first time since he was traded by the Raptors to Detroit two months ago. Calderon is headed for free agency, and the Pistons haven't made their desire to re-sign him a secret, but could the Spaniard also consider returning to the club with whom he spent the first seven and a half years of his career? Here's the latest on Calderon….
- A player like Calderon is exactly the sort of piece the Raptors could use right now, opines Frank Zicarelli of the Toronto Sun.
- Toronto's cap situation makes a summer reunion with Calderon unlikely, but as the longtime Raptor tells Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, it's not entirely out of the question. "Why am I going to close that door? I was there a great seven and a half years," Calderon said. "I was perfectly happy and that’s why the door is wide open for Toronto; if not, I would say right now, 'no way, I am not going back to Toronto.'"
- Smith interprets Calderon's comments as heartfelt rather than as mere lip service, but notes in a separate piece that the Raptors' offseason approach will largely depend on who's running the team, since there's no guarantee it will be current GM Bryan Colangelo. Colangelo was responsible for the acquisition of Kyle Lowry, as well as the decision to move Calderon and hand Lowry the point guard reins.
- More Calderon on his upcoming free agency, via Smith: "Money never was the most important thing for me. I think at this point in my career, it’s not going to be 'if you give me more, I’ll go there.' No way. That’s not going to be it at all. It’s going to be everything, the team, the city, family-wise, it’s going to be everything under consideration for sure."
- In his latest Pistons mailbag, David Mayo of MLive.com predicts that Calderon will land a contract this summer worth about $7-8MM annually, adding that if he were a GM, he wouldn't give the veteran guard more than three years.