Detroit brought in Jose Calderon in last week’s three-team Rudy Gay trade in part because he has a $10 million expiring contract and they will go well under the salary cap next summer and be able to be free agent players.
But also, Calderon can fit what they do on the court. We’ll find out Monday as the Pistons announced Calderon has been cleared and will suit up for them Monday night in New York against the Knicks.
So finally we can see that Calderon/Pablo Prigioni point guard matchup under the lights of Madison Square Garden we always wanted.
It may not happen immediately, but this gives Pistons coach Lawrence Frank to play Calderon at the point — where he is far more stable and solid than anyone on their roster — and move Brandon Knight over to the two-guard spot. Which is what he really does best anyway. Yes Detroit’s backcourt will be a little undersized but they have a front line with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, they can compensate.
Then again, the way Frank uses Drummond (23 minutes a game so that Jason Maxiell can get 24) who knows how Calderon will exactly be used.
ProBasketballTalk’s Kurt Helin explains why he believes the Sacramento Kings have enough pieces to potentially make a run at the final playoff spot in the West.
A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.
Via Hoops Rumors:
“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”
The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.
“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”
It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.