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Part five of the series features Toronto PG, Jose Calderon. (Archives after the jump)

Status
  • Restricted free agent
  • 2007 salary: $2,471,604
News
  • Calderon has said he does not want to return to Toronto unless he is guaranteed a starting spot over T.J. Ford. Good news and bad, it increases the chances that he's available, but the Sixers have a point guard. Landing Calderon would mean moving Andre Miller in a trade.
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Thoughts On The Player

A point guard who shot 52% from the floor, 43% from three and had an assist/turnover ratio of 5.38? Uh, yes he'd fit here. He'd fit just about anywhere, but particularly in Philly, particularly if the plan is to move Iguodala to the two. The only problem is that he won't sign with Philly to be a backup, even for 1 season. Something else would have to happen.

Thoughts on Likelihood

Pretty close to zero. It would require trading Andre Miller, which is possible, but what kind of package could you really put together for Miller that wouldn't weaken the team and/or eat up all of the cap space? One thing that came to mind was a sign and trade with Miami, this is convoluted, so hear me out.

Miami holds the #1 pick in the draft, and they covet Elton Brand, reportedly, but I don't think they have the cap space to get him. Here's the question: Would they rather have Derrick Rose and Shawn Marion or Andre Miller and Elton Brand? The Sixers could send Andre Miller and two or even three #1 picks (their pick this year, their pick  and Utah's pick next year) to Miami for Shawn Marion and the #1 pick in the draft. Essentially, this trade would give Miami the cap room to sign Brand and a back court of Wade and Miller. That's good enough to get you into the playoffs next year. The Sixers could then use the rest of their cap space to land Calderon and use the #1 pick on Beasley or Rose, whoever they value more.

It's far-fetched, and it would probably require a new contract for Marion and a sense of urgency in Miami that I'm not entirely sure exists. Just thought I'd throw that out there. For argument's sake, would you guys like the following starting lineup next year?

  1. Calderon
  2. Iguodala
  3. Thad
  4. Marion
  5. Dalembert
See the rest of the series after the jump.
by Brian on May 9 2008
Tags: Basketball | Jose Calderon | Offseason | Shawn Marion | Sixers |