Why Toronto Raptors Should Not Trade Jose Calderon

Darren ChenContributor IIMarch 3, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 26: Jose Calderon #8 of the Toronto Raptors drives to the basket against Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the season opener at Quicken Loans Arena on December 26, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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Over the past month, there has been a lot of speculation on the availability of the Toronto Raptors  starting point guard Jose Calderon and whether he will be traded. Although many believe Calderon is not the point guard for the future, it is completely foolish to try to trade away your point guard for the sake of trading him.

Calderon this year is playing spectacular basketball, averaging 10.9 points and 8.8 assists per game (third in the NBA). It is evident that he is the best passer and one of the better shooters on this team, so unless the Raptors are going to get the same production in return, there is no reason to make any deals at the moment. 

Furthermore, Calderon has really provided a sense of leadership and experience for the young players like a Jerryd Bayless or a DeMar DeRozen. Raptors fans know when Calderon is at the top of his game, the Raptors are a completely different team.

Nevertheless, Calderon's skill set should be taken into consideration as Jonas Valancinous is expected to join the team next year. With Calderon at the point, it will allow Valancinous to make a smoother transition to the NBA. Calderon is the most important Raptor this season, he has been quite consistent and helped filled the void with the injury to Andrea Bargnani and DeRozen's inconsistency.

With respect to some of the trade ideas out there:

To Utah for Devin Harris

The way I see this deal is completely different than most. With all the respect to Devin Harris, I am certain that Devin Harris is not capable of playing at the level that Jose is at. The contracts are basically even and this is a deal for the sake of making one. I do not see this as a deal that benefits the Raptors because Harris could be a downgrade to Jose Calderon.


The Lakers will not be willing to give up any of their three best players for Calderon, so it does not make much sense for the Raptors to give him up for nothing.

Lastly, unless teams are willing to give up a young guard with the potential of becoming a Calderon-type player and some cap relief, there is really no reason to try to trade him right now.