Veteran guard Josè Calderon has had a whirl-wind of a week but he finally has a team to call home for the season, in Atlanta. After agreeing to a buy-out with the Los Angeles Lakers last week, Calderon agreed to a deal with the Golden State Warriors as they had a free space on their roster.
In wake of forward Kevin Durant’s knee injury Monday night in a 112-108 loss to the Washington Wizards, the Warriors opted to sign Matt Barnes filling a need, which waived Calderon just a few hours after signing him. He didn’t last long on the waivers, as the Atlanta Hawks sign the veteran guard for a late playoff push.
Atlanta has claimed Jose Calderon off waivers, league source tells @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) March 4, 2017
The Warriors actually paid $415,000 for his whopping two hours with the team, and even had jerseys all cut-out for the teams’ upcoming road-trip. Atlanta will have to pay the remainder of the contract that was signed with the Warriors, which is somewhere around $247,000, and is also eligible for the teams’ playoff roster.
My day was pretty solid. Just saw that Jose Calderon made $3,270 a minute in his two hours on the #Warriors. That’s a great day.
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 2, 2017
Atlanta will certainly use the 35-year-old Spaniard as the Hawks have a lack of veteran experience in their back-court. Malcolm Delaney had a good start to the season as the back-up to starter Dennis Schroder, but has come back to earth more recently as his field-goal percentage has dropped down to 39-percent. Tim Hardaway has certainly seen a career resurgence this season, but after trading sharp-shooter Kyle Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers in early January, there is simply a lack of depth on the Atlanta roster.
As far is it goes for Calderon, the buy-out with the Lakers made sense, as the team is more interested in developing their young talent. D’angelo Russell (when healthy) is proving himself as maybe not a franchise point guard, but a solid scorer/playmaker with the ball in his hands. Jordan Clarkson, a downhill attacker who signed a 4-year deal this past off-season, is also a combo guard who scores in bunches. First-year Head Coach Luke Walton is even using Brandon Ingram, a rookie forward and number two pick in last June’s draft, as another a ball-handler and “point-forward” to expand his development.
In his 12-year NBA career, Calderon, has averaged 9.7 points and 6.3 assist per game, all while shooting 41% from three. His leadership, playmaking and three-point shooting will help Atlanta down the stretch.