Atlanta Hawks make it official, claim Jose Calderon off waivers

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We’ve been telling you for days this was coming, and Saturday afternoon the Atlanta Hawks made it official.

They claimed veteran point guard Jose Calderon off waivers, he will be with them for their playoff run.

“We feel fortunate to be able to add a player of Jose’s caliber at this point in the season,” Head coach and team president Mike Budenholzer said. “His unselfish nature and ability to shoot with range fits our style of play and his experience will add to our locker room.”

The Hawks wanted veteran depth at the point guard spot. Dennis Schroder starts, but when he sits the Hawks turn to Malcolm Delaney, an undrafted rookie who is shooting 38.2 percent overall and 24.7 percent from three. He’s a below replacement level player. Calderon is as well, but he’s been the better of the two this season and is someone who Budenholzer can trust to handle the pressure of the playoffs better than the rookie. Calderon, 35, can run the second unit. However, his athleticism has faded, and that can leave him exposed defensively.

After the trade deadline Calderon was waived by the Lakers, then signed and waived by the Warriors he got a jersey out of it — before the Hawks claimed him.