It is no secret, for some time the Knicks have been trying to move Jose Calderon. This offseason they brought in the veteran point guard to help shoot threes and run the triangle, he was part of the “we can make the playoffs in the East” plan in New York.
Calderon, like that plan, has not worked out. But there are not a lot of parties interested in taking him off the Knicks’ hands. Here is an update, via Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.
A source said the Knicks are actively trying to unload guard Jose Calderon’s contract. Calderon is owed $7.4 million in 2015-16, and $7.7 million in 2016-17.
And that is the real challenge, the $15.1 million in the two seasons after this one that Calderon, 33, is owed.
Calderon has become the latest in a long line of traditional point guards to struggle to fit in with the triangle (ask Gary Payton about it sometime). Calderon is shooting the three well, 41.5 percent, but is relying on that jumper as just 11 percent of his shots are coming inside 10 feet of the rim (and he’s struggling to hit those). In addition his turnovers are up and his assist rate is not great for a point guard.
The question teams are asking is how much of that is age and a natural decline, and how much of that is the Knicks system and roster? With all that money owed over the next two seasons, teams are not that eager to take a risk that he could bounce way back.