January 22, 2013
One point guard too many for Raptors
Club facing decision on Calderon and/or Lowry
By RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

Kyle Lowry (left) was brought in to be the Raptors' future at point guard but the club is having more success with veteran Jose Calderon, who is in the final year of his contract. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

Something eventually will have to give at the point guard spot for the Raptors.

With the second half of the season kicking off on Wednesday in Miami and the NBA’s trade deadline now less than a month away, the clock is ticking.

The current situation is an untenable one. Jose Calderon has wrested the starting job from Kyle Lowry, but is in the final year of his contract and, at 31, is not the long-term answer at the league’s youngest, most explosive position.

Meanwhile, Lowry, brought in ostensibly to take the reins for the franchise in exchange for what will likely turn out to be a lottery pick, won’t be 27 until March and has another year to go on his reasonable contract.

While it’s hard to see Calderon being the guy going forward, there is still a good chance Lowry will live up to his advance billing.



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