Will Calderon stay or will he go?

Raptors point guard Jose Calderon talks to head coach Jay Triano during a game in Toronto on...

Raptors point guard Jose Calderon talks to head coach Jay Triano during a game in Toronto on November 22, 2009. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:19 AM ET

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 hed like to know where hell 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 isnt 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, hell 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 hes able to play off the ball in a half-court set and take advantage of his shooting.

Hed be perfect in Orlando because of the Magics penchant for heaving three-balls, where hed 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 wont 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 teams 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 Colangelos 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 Boshs absence.

The team imploded because of the absence of internal leadership and the lack of mental toughness.

Bosh wasnt 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.

Neither happened.

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 Colangelos 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.

Raps reunion

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.


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