No news is bad news, as far as Jose Calderon is concerned, a serviceable point guard whose services are no longer wanted in Toronto.
The Raptors thought they had a deal in place to send Calderon and Reggie Evans to Charlotte in a package for Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw, but Bobcats owner Michael Jordan slam dunked it, leaving the Raptors in a very awkward position of trying to trade an overpaid point guard whose best days are behind.
As his Spanish national team readies for the coming world championship in Turkey, Calderon granted an interview in his native language, basically saying that he’d like to know where he’ll be playing next season.
And the sooner, the better.
“My future will be known when Toronto and my agents make a decision,’’ Calderon said.
“They are working daily for the best solution for me and the franchise. Now, there isn’t anything new to say.”
As the calendar flips to August, the NBA finds itself in a slow time following the dizzying events of the past month.
No doubt the Raptors want to find closure on the Calderon issue, but finding a partner is at the crux of the matter.
If Calderon somehow comes back, he’ll be the highest-paid player on the Raptors, which is all one needs to know on how much the club overpaid.
The word on Calderon is out, a defensively challenged point guard who is best suited in a system where he’s able to play off the ball in a half-court set and take advantage of his shooting.
He’d be perfect in Orlando because of the Magic’s penchant for heaving three-balls, where he’d also be protected defensively playing with Dwight Howard.
With the Magic picking up Chris Duhon, the team has a guy who can spell for Jameer Nelson, but Calderon is a much better shooter and better ball handler than Duhon.
At the same time, Duhon won’t be making anywhere near the $9 million US Calderon will earn next season on a deal that increases to $9.7 in 2011 and $10.5 million in 2012.
Bad on Bryan
It was very foolish for Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo to go on the team’s flagship radio station and basically say that Chris Bosh quit on the team.
All it does is speak to the soft culture that has been able to fester in Raptorland under Colangelo’s watch, not to mention the pettiness of airing ones laundry.
The Raptors collapsed after the all-star break because Andrea Bargnani and Hedo Turkoglu could not step up in Bosh’s absence.
The team imploded because of the absence of internal leadership and the lack of mental toughness.
Bosh wasn’t the problem.
If, as Colangelo indicated, Bosh could have played through an injured ankle, then the team should have demanded that Bosh play or fined him.
Had he not broken his face in Cleveland, the Raptors make the playoffs.
“I play this game as hard as I can every time I step on the court,” Bosh said in a TV interview in response to Colangelo’s comments.
“On the back of my jersey it says ‘Bosh’ ... The Boshes are hard workers. We have a lot of pride in what we do, in our jobs and in life.”
Joey Graham has joined the Cavaliers, where the one-time Raptors swingman will have a chance to reminisce about his days Canada with Jamario Moon and Anthony Parker, who both also played in Toronto.
Antawn Jamison, the face of Cleveland in the post LeBron James era, was originally drafted by the Raptors.