When Hawks starting point guard Dennis Schroder needs rest, the Atlanta Hawks turn to Malcolm Delaney. The undrafted rookie who is shooting 38.2 percent overall and 24.7 percent from three, turns the ball over too much, and has been a well below replacement level player through 60 games.
The Hawks are about to bring in a little help, a little depth at the one in the form of veteran Jose Calderon. The guy waived by the Lakers, then signed and waived by the Warriors — he got a jersey out of it — is headed to the Atlanta Hawks as soon as Saturday, with Marc Stein of ESPN filling in the details on the rumored deal.
The Atlanta Hawks plan to sign veteran point guard Jose Calderon as early as Saturday, according to league sources….
The Hawks can either try to claim Calderon off waivers themselves Saturday at 5 p.m. and absorb the roughly $400,000 that Golden State owes him for the balance of the season. Or they can choose to sign Calderon to a veteran minimum deal of their own when he clears waivers.
They will choose the latter option, there is no reason to bail out the Warriors unless another team is going to claim him (and that is highly unlikely).
Calderon, 35, is no game changer for the Hawks — he was not part of the Lakers’ regular rotation, and that’s not exactly a powerhouse team. That said, the Spanish national can still knock down a shot if he can set his feet, and he still has a high hoops IQ. He can run a second unit. However, his athleticism has faded, and that can leave him exposed defensively.