Trouble at the point

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

The Raptors continue to search for a bona fide backup point guard for Jose Calderon.

The club dispatched no fewer than three key members of the organization to scout the recent NBA Development League showcase in Boise, Idaho. Taking in the action, largely in search of some point guard talent, were Raptors VP/Assistant General Manager Maurizio Gherardini, Director of Player Personnel Jim Kelly and Masai Ujiri, the club's director of global scouting.

GM Bryan Colangelo said last night that the Big Three, if you will, scouted players from every position, but acknowledged that acquiring another point guard is still a priority. The club's usual starter, T.J. Ford, is training and rehabbing in Houston, but could still be gone from the team for three to five weeks, and Colangelo is concerned about the number of minutes being played by Calderon in Ford's absence, and the fact that Juan Dixon, a natural shooting guard, hasn't really worked out as a backup point.

"We continue to look at the availability of players in the free agent market, in the NBADL, overseas and currently in the NBA (trade)," Colangelo said.

SPANISH FLYING

Calderon is on pace to become the 11th player since 1989 to record an assist-per-turnover rate over 5.00. Calderon's ratio of 5.78 (in 40 games), is the fourth-best since 1989, behind Terrell Brandon of the Minnesota Timberwolves (6.14 in 32 games), Muggsy Bogues of Charlotte (5.94 in 81 games) and Danny Young of the Seattle SuperSonics (5.89 in 77 games) ... The Spanish team star became the fourth player in Raptors history to record 1,000 assists, reaching that milestone on Jan.16 in the 116-91 win over the Sacramento Kings. He trails Alvin Williams (1,791), Damon Stoudamire (1,761), Vince Carter (1,553) and Doug Christie (1,197).


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