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Perhaps I'm reading too much into this but it seems to me Detroit and Calderon are ready to forge a long-term relationship.
While the untrained eye might have looked at the big Rudy Gay trade as a salary cap saving move for the Detroit Pistons. Detroit traded Tayshaun Prince's long-term deal and Austin Daye to Memphis and got Jose Calderon's big $10 million expiring contract in return.
Joe Dumars and other front office sources weren't shy about saying they were interested in bringing Calderon back after this season. But Calderon has been a quality point guard his entire career, the veteran has spent his entire career on losing teams and with good point guards in short supply could be a hot commodity on the free agent market.
But there might be a sign that he is as interested in Detroit as the team is interested in him:
So the next question is, how much would a Calderon deal cost? Ellis has info on that too:
Speaking of Calderon, a former league exec told me over the weekend that he can command a contract at 7 mill per. #Pistons— Vincent Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) February 19, 2013
A contract at $7 million is at the high end of what I'd be comfortable with but if it ended up being a 3-year, $21 million deal I think I would be satisfied. (H/T to Piston Powered).
What do you think?