Jose Calderon to Mavericks: Dallas Reportedly Signs Veteran PG to 4-Year Deal

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 5, 2013

Jose Calderon has reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks. The veteran point guard spent the 2012-13 season with the Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski had the news:

Prior to last season, the Raptors were the only team Calderon had played with during his eight-year NBA career. However, the Raptors dealt Calderon to the Pistons in a three-team deal on Jan. 31.

As an expiring contract and stabilizing veteran presence in the backcourt, Calderon carried some value at the trade deadline. Apparently, Dallas still sees value in the 31-year-old from Villanueva de la Serena, Spain.

Some may consider Calderon a bit underrated. His career numbers would suggest he's in the upper echelon of point guards in the NBA. His production during this past season was as good as—if not better than—his career numbers.

2012-13  11.3 2.4    7.1   .900  .461      1.7     
Career 10.1 2.5 7.2 .877 .399 1.7

His 46-percent three-point percentage was a career high and tops in the NBA. There is no doubt that the Mavericks not only saw the value in his ability to run an offense, but also in his three-point marksmanship.

Perhaps the primary weakness with Calderon is his lack of elite athleticism. This deficiency doesn't necessarily rear its head on the offensive end, but on the defensive end, where Calderon can have his issues defending smaller quicker guards.

Some players' talents present an offense vs. defense dilemma and Calderon may be one of those players. His efficiency with the ball actually makes issues defending guards a little bit easier to swallow.

With good defense behind him, this is an issue that can be managed. For the next four years, the Mavericks will attempt to do just that.


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